WICHITA FALLS - The Wichita County Public Health District announced Tuesday that a report entitled Wichita County Health Facts is complete. The report was written by Dr. Kirk Harlow at Midwestern State in collaboration with leadership at the Health District. It presents a compilation of various data that provides a picture of the health status for Wichita County.
Letters will be mailed to a group of community leaders in the health field that include the full report and an invitation to meet and discuss the findings and how to proceed as a group. This work will include conducting a Community Health Improvement Plan.
All of this is done with the vision of the Health District in mind: Healthy People, Healthy Community.
Some noteworthy results based on the available data are:
Factors negatively affecting community health:
- High birth rate to women under 18
- High obesity rates
- High proportion of physically inactive adults
- High proportion of excessive drinking
- Increasing older population
- High proportion of uninsured
- Low median household income
Factors positively affecting community health:
- Improving economy
- Decline in tobacco use
- Use of flu vaccine
- Proportion indicating physical activity increasing
- Low rates of binge drinking
Good access to health services: