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Latest Washoe County health data snapshot unveiled

By Carla O'Day

The Washoe County Health District has unveiled its new health Data Snapshot, which provides the public access to information about health trends and statistics locally.

The report can be found at https://dashboards.mysidewalk.com/washoe-county-health-data. People can find out more about how the environment, social context and behaviors impact the region’s overall health.

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“This Data Snapshot is an important tool for the community,” Kevin Dick, Washoe County District Health officer, said in a statement. “Every three years, we develop a Community Health Needs Assessment that allows us to focus on the health issues affecting Washoe County residents. This tool will allow anyone access to a trove of data organized around specific aspects of our community’s health with an explanation of the significance of the data and how it impacts our health.”

Data includes percent of people by zip code living below the poverty line, educational attainment, unemployment, housing costs, homelessness, physician shortages, tobacco use, physical activity and various illnesses.

Among examples:

  • Unemployment is at 6.8 percent in Washoe County, compared to 8 percent statewide
  • 7 percent of households in Washoe County don’t have a vehicle, compared to 8 percent statewide
  • 82.7 percent of Washoe adults were physically active within the last month, versus 77.2 percent statewide
  • 12 percent of Washoe residents and 14 percent of Nevadans have no health insurance
  • 15.2 percent of Washoe adults and 15.7 percent of adult Nevadans are smokers
  • 48 percent of high school students in Washoe and 43 percent of high school students statewide have ever tried e-cigarettes or vaped

“The District Board of Health often uses health data to make key decisions on funding of County health initiatives and knows the importance of that data,” John Novak, District Board of Health chairman, said in a statement. “The Washoe County Health District Data Snapshot has much of the information we collect in order to accomplish our mission. It is an extremely powerful tool that everyone can use to learn about health trends in our community. We highly recommend people spend time with it to better understand the health of our community.”

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