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Pennsylvania county officials survey health.

Smoking is down and insurance rates are up, according to the third countywide health survey from Pennsylvania's Allegheny County Health Department.

Released in May, the results of the Allegheny County Health Survey are based on responses from 9,000 randomly selected residents--the largest sample in the county's history. The most recent survey also added new questions on electronic cigarettes, opioid painkiller use and human papillomavirus immunization. The survey found that 78 percent of respondents believed their community was getting healthier, smoking rates had decreased 4 percent and the number of people with insurance and who were screened for colon cancer went up 4 percent. On the other hand, the survey found no significant improvements on diabetes, hypertension, obesity and overweight.

The survey also revealed health disparities by race, gender, income and geography, highlighting areas of the county with disproportionate health burdens.

"As we strive to improve the health of the county, the data from the survey will drive and inform our efforts," said APHA member Karen Hacker, MD, MPH, director of the Allegheny County Health Department, in a news release.

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Title Annotation:STATES IN BRIEF
Author:Krisberg, Kim
Publication:The Nation's Health
Date:Oct 1, 2017
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