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Survey: 48% Of SEI Would Call Own Health Excellent, Very Good

Posted On May 13, 2014

By Mike Perleberg

health-survey-05132014(Cincinnati, Oh.) – Less than half of southeast Indiana residents say they are in excellent or very good health.

That’s the finding of the Greater Cincinnati Community Health Status Survey for Fall 2013 conducted by the University of Cincinnati Institute for Policy Research and non-profit Interact for Health – formerly the Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati.

Of the 252 residents of Dearborn, Franklin, Ohio, Ripley, and Switzerland counties who were asked how they would rate their health, 48 percent said either excellent or very good. About 36 percent said they were in good health, 14 percent said fair, and less than three percent assessed their own health as poor.

The 48 percent mark in southeast Indiana lagged behind the 52 percent of people in the 22-percent Greater Cincinnati area as a whole who said they had either excellent of very good health.

The organization Interact for Health says research has made a strong link between a person’s response to this question and their predicted length and quality of life.

“Many factors affect an individual’s health status,” says Jennifer Chubinski, director of community research for Interact for Health, noting that higher income and better education have a clear relationship to health.

In their Bold Goals adopted in 2011, Interact for Health and the United Way of Greater Cincinnati hope to see the Cincinnati region meet 70 percent of citizens in either excellent or very good health.

“The improvement is encouraging, but it is clear that as a community we have much work to do,” says Ross Meyer, vice president of community impact for United Way of Greater Cincinnati. “We believe that many organizations working together with a data-driven, cross-sector approach can improve the health of our community.”

Meyer said UWGC, Interact for Health, and the Hamilton County Health Department have asked the Health Collaborative to serve as the backbone for a new collective impact strategy on regional health.

Other findings for Greater Cincinnati in the survey:

Fifty percent of women said they were in either excellent or very good health, compared to 53.2 percent of men.

Only three in 10 adults living at or below 100 percent of the Federal Poverty Level report excellent or very good health, compared to nearly five in 10 adults living between 100 percent and 200 percent FPL, and more than 6 in 10 adults living above 200 percent FPL.

Nearly 7 in 10 adults with a college degree or higher report excellent or very good health. Only 3 in 10 adults with less than a high school education report excellent or very good health.

Nearly 7 in 10 adults ages 18 to 29 reported excellent or very good health, compared to 5 in 10 adults ages 30 to 45, nearly 5 in 10 adults ages 46 to 64 and nearly 4 in 10 adults 65 years and older.

52.4 percent of white respondents rated their health as either excellent or very good, compared to 47.6 percent of African-Americans and 53.3 percent of other ethnicities.