Santa Rosa, CA – March 31, 2017 – The annual County Health Rankings have been released, and Sonoma County is listed as the fifth healthiest county in California, making it one of the top mid-sized counties in the state. The list is produced collaboratively by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the
University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.
The Health Outcomes ranking measures length of life and quality of life. Sonoma County’s fifth place ranking in this category is the highest placement for the County in the eight year history of this report. Sonoma County also placed tenth in Health Factors, which measures
various indicators related to social factors, health behaviors, clinical care, and physical environment.
“Sonoma County continues to prioritize the health of our community,” said Board of Supervisors Chair Shirlee Zane. “The rankings highlight the tremendous gains we as a County made over the years. From affordable housing to mental health services, we know that
good health is more than just visiting your doctor. We must work towards achieving greater health equity among all residents in order to ensure our residents can live a healthy life.”
The purpose of the County Health Rankings is to help communities understand the many factors that influence health. The County Health Rankings are unique because they look beyond healthcare services to consider the many other factors that influence health, such environmental, economic, and social
Sonoma County’s ranking of fifth in the state for Health Outcomes is an improvement of one standing from 2016. One area of positive improvement for Sonoma County is the rate of insured individuals as a result of the Affordable Care Act. Due to the expansion of Medi-Cal and those individuals
purchasing insurance through Covered California, Sonoma County residents are seeing a doctor and getting the healthcare coverage they need. Sonoma County uninsured rates have dropped from 14 percent in 2010 to 7 percent in 2015.
The Board of Supervisors is already working with county departments and community organizations on policy initiatives to address opportunities for improvement that were outlined in the health rankings. These efforts include policies related to services for
our seniors, affordable housing, and promoting healthy lifestyle choices.
More information on the rankings can be found here: