Sexually transmitted disease, child poverty hurt health in Onondaga County, report says

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Rising rates of sexually transmitted disease and child poverty are two worrisome Onondaga County health trends identified in a national report released today.

The annual County Health Rankings report shows Onondaga had the fifth highest rate of chlamydia in New York in 2015. Chlamydia is the most common bacterial sexually transmitted disease. STDs are associated with an increased risk of health problems such as infertility and premature death.

Bronx, New York, Kings and Monroe counties had higher sexually transmitted infection rates higher than Onondaga.

The report also shows 20 percent of Onondaga County children under 18 live in poverty, which  increases the risk of poor health. The county’s poverty rate is 50 percent among black children and 37 percent among Hispanic children.


The rankings provide a snapshot that shows how healthy each county’s residents are and how long they are likely to live. The rankings look at measures that affect the future health of communities such as high school graduation rates, access to healthy foods, smoking rates, obesity and teen births.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin produce the annual rankings.

“We can’t be a healthy, thriving nation if we continue to leave entire communities and populations behind,” Dr. Richard Besser, president of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, said in a prepared statement.

The report ranks Onondaga County 31st among New York’s counties in terms of overall health. Rockland County was ranked No. 1, the healthiest county in the state, while the Bronx was ranked 62, the unhealthiest county in the state.

Here are health rankings for Central New York counties:

Tompkins: 8

Madison: 16

Cayuga: 23

Onondaga: 31

Cortland: 38

Oneida: 51

Oswego: 52

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