For Immediate Release: May 27, 2015
 
Contact: Tricia Landquist
tlandquist@ochca.com / 
714-834-2178
NEW WELLNESS WEBSITE FOCUSES ON HEALTH INFORMATION AND DATA
www.OCHealthierTogether.org
 
 
(Santa Ana) – Orange County has a new interactive and easy to navigate website OCHealthierTogether.org that allows anyone to find data and information about health and wellness in Orange County.  The website is administered by the Orange County Health Care Agency and co-sponsored by, Orange County United Way, and the Children and Families Commission of Orange County, as well as the Health Care Agency.
 
The website presents more than 170 indicators related to the health of Orange County organized by topics such as maternal, child health; exercise, nutrition and weight; diabetes; heart disease and cancer. In addition, indicators related to critical needs such as housing, transportation, and income are included, as is a database of approximately 150 additional demographic items. Most indicators can be broken down to see how Orange County has trended over time,  if there are differences based on sex, race/ethnicity or age and in many cases geographic location.
 
Examples of information that can be found on the site include:
  • Between 2011-2013, nearly 14 of every 10,000 residents were hospitalized for diabetes; but the rate for Latinos was 22 per 10,000 and African Americans was 35 per 10,000;
  • 11.9% of Orange County’s Medicare population was treated for depression in 2012, up from 10.5% in 2009; and
  • 28.8% of Orange County households experience severe housing problems like overcrowding, high housing costs, lack of kitchen, or lack of plumbing facilities.  This puts Orange County in the bottom quartile of all U.S. counties.
The website has several other features, as well such as tools for data analysis and report writing, a database of more than 2,000 promising practices for improving health, links to related health resources through a live connection with 211 OC and links to related Orange County reports and plans.
 
The website also features the Orange County Health Improvement Plan, which highlights county-wide collaborative efforts to address key community health priorities like obesity and diabetes, infant and child health, older adult health and mental health and substance abuse issues.  These efforts are driven by the new Orange County’s Healthier Together Health Improvement Partnership. 
 
Two upcoming trainings scheduled to take place in June will be available for providers, planners and community members to learn more about the website and its tools.   Save the date for June 9, 2015 from 2-4 p.m. or June 11, 2015 from 9-11 a.m.  Both trainings will be held at the Health Care Agency Public Health Training Center located at 1725 W. 17th Street, Building 1729E in Santa Ana.  Please contact OCHIP@ochca.com by June 3, 2015 to RSVP for the training or for more information about the website.
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