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May 23, 2022


FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. —The Florida Department of Health in Okaloosa County (DOH-Okaloosa) recognizes the value in measuring health outcomes and acknowledges the 2022 County Health Rankings & Roadmaps tool released by the University of Wisconsin and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. This study highlights the many community factors that influence health and uses established data, much of which is available from the department at

“We strive to improve the health of all Okaloosa County residents,” said Elizabeth Smith, Health Officer of DOH-Okaloosa. “With these rankings, we can see what areas our county scores higher than Florida as a whole. They look at things like high school completion and residents who are uninsured. It also shows us what areas we need to improve upon such as adult smoking, adult obesity and number of teen births.”

These rankings are a snapshot of the health of counties across the country, and they emphasize that health is not a singular effort but a combined work in progress across all community partners. The department works in collaboration with local governments, non-profit organizations, health care facilities, business groups, schools, faith-based organizations and many other stakeholders to improve the health of all people in Okaloosa County. These rankings use data related to physical environments, social and economic factors, health behaviors and clinical care.

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