DENTON, COUNTY, TX – The County Health Rankings released the 2018 report, and Denton County ranks first out of Texas counties graded for health outcomes. Health outcomes are primarily determined by length and quality of life within the county. Denton County proudly scores as one of the healthiest counties in the state for multiple health behaviors and health factors. The main goal of County Health Rankings is to raise awareness about the many factors that influence health and how vastly health varies in different communities. According to the 2018 report, Denton County ranks sixth in health factors – made up of healthy behaviors, clinical care, social and economic factors, and physical environment. “Community health is a grassroots team effort. Ranking first in the state requires the focus of all organizations and residents in Denton County, and we commend our community for attaining this marker of health,” stated Dr. Matt Richardson, Director of Public Health.
“We at Denton County Public Health are grateful to have partners and leaders who contribute to our well-being as a county.” Denton County ranks among the top performers in the state for many social and economic factors. These factors include education and graduation rates, percent of children experiencing poverty, and unemployment rates. Additionally, residents of Denton County rank their quality of mental and physical health better than the state’s averages. “While we are proud of our community’s leadership in regards to factors such as physical health, low percentage of uninsured residents, and access to exercise opportunities, we continue to strive for health in every aspect of the community in which we live, work, worship, and play,” stated Dr. Richardson.
“We will continue our work in improving the areas of health concern highlighted over the last year of assessment and health improvement planning.” The 2018 – 2020 Denton County Community Health Improvement Plan highlights partnerships and efforts designed to address access to care, behavioral health, weight and nutrition, education and prevention, and health outcomes. Denton County residents and community agencies are working together to ensure continued attention to health factors that influence the health of our families, friends, and neighbors.
Visit CountyHealthRankings.org for detailed findings from the 2018 County Health Rankings for counties nationwide. To learn more about Denton County Public Health (DCPH) or access the 2018-2020 Denton County Community Health Improvement Plan, please visit DentonCounty.com/Health and follow @WeAreDCPH on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.