NEWS: Tuesday February 23, 2010

Feb 23rd @ 12:03 pm in News by Scott Staley

Health report ranks Montrose County. Last week the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute released the 2010 County Health Rankings, a collection of 50 reports that reflect the overall health of counties in every state across the nation.  The report provides a broad snapshot of Montrose County’s health by comparing its overall health with other Colorado counties.

“This report is important because it allows us to see what areas we’re doing well in and where we need to improve.  It also helps us identify factors that make it difficult for our residents to maintain a healthy lifestyle,” said Peg Mewes, Director of Health and Human Services for Montrose County.  “I think it’s important to remember that everyone has a stake in their community’s health and every individual must work together to improve Montrose County’s overall health.”

Here’s a brief glimpse of where Montrose County ranks in comparison to the rest of the state:

Clinical Care
This category included: uninsured adults, primary care provider rate, preventable hospital stays, diabetic screening and hospice use. Montrose County ranked well in clinical care at 19 out of 56 counties.

Health Behaviors
This category included: adult smoking, adult obesity, binge drinking, motor vehicle crash death rate, Chlamydia rate, and teen birth rate. Montrose County ranked 23 out of 56 counties.

Physical Environment
This category included: air pollution-particle matter days and ozone days, access to healthy foods and liquor store density. Montrose County ranked 25 out of 56 counties.

Social & Economic Factors
This category included: high school graduation, college degrees, unemployment, child poverty, income inequality, inadequate social support, single-parent households.Montrose County has room for improvement in this area ranking 40 out of 56 counties.

This category represented length of life, based on how many people die before their 75th birthday. Montrose County ranked 20 out of 56 counties.

This category included: self-reported poor or fair health, poor physical health days, poor mental health days and the percent of births with low birthweight. Montrose County ranked 23 out of 56 counties.

To view the report and detailed statistics visit:
Source: Press Release   (Posted 11:04a)

False BBB/Census email circulating. An e-mail which falsely claims to be from the Better Business Bureau about the upcoming 210 Census is inaccurate and BBB is advising consumers to get the facts:

In March of 2010, census forms will be delivered to every residence in the United States and Puerto Rico.  When you receive yours, just answer the 10 short questions and then mail the form back in the postage-paid envelope provided.  If you don’t mail the form back, you may receive a visit from a census taker, who will ask you the questions from the form.  A census taker must follow-up in person with every address that doesn’t mail back the form in order to obtain the responses.

The Census is Safe

  • The 2010 Census will ask for name, gender, age, race, ethnicity, relationship, and whether you own or rent your home – just 10 simple questions that will take about 10 minutes to answer.
  • The Census Bureau safeguards all census responses to the highest security standards available.
  • Your answers are protected by law and are not shared with anyone. The census taker who collects your information is sworn for life to protect your data under Federal Law Title 13.  Those who violate the oath face criminal penalties.  Under federal law, the penalty for unlawful disclosure is a fine of up to $250,000 or imprisonment for up to 5 years, or both.

When Census Takers will be Going Door-to-Door

  • From April to July 2010, the Census Bureau will knock on the door of every household that does not mail back a completed 2010 Census form.
  • It’s critical that you take just 10 minutes to fill out and mail back your form rather than wait for a census worker to show up on your doorstep. About $85 million in taxpayer dollars are saved for every one percent increase in mail response.
  • The Census Bureau must get a census form to – and a completed form back from – every residence in the United States.  That’s more than 130 million addresses. This is why the census is the largest domestic mobilization our nation undertakes.

How to Identify a Census Taker
If a U.S. Census Bureau employee knocks on your door, here are some recognition tips to assure the validity of the employee:

  • The census taker must present an ID badge that contains a Department of Commerce watermark and expiration date.  The census taker may also be carrying a bag with a Census Bureau logo.
  • The census taker will provide you with supervisor contact information and/or the Local Census Office phone number for verification, if asked.
  • The census taker will ONLY ask you the questions that appear on the census form.

What the 2010 Census DOES NOT Ask

  • 2010 Census takers will not ask you for your social security number, bank account number, or credit card number.
  • 2010 Census takers also never solicit for donations and will never contact you by e-mail.

Source: PSA   (Posted 12:18p)