County Rank: 34 of 59
El Paso County fares about average across most statistical indicators of county health. It is highest ranked for its clinical care and lowest for its physical environment.
Health in El Paso County is very comparable to the state average. While binge drinking is less common than in most of the rest of the state, other health indicators are mostly average.
|Health Issues:||El Paso County||Colorado|
|% in fair or poor health (2013)||11.3%||13.1%|
|% overweight or obese (2012)||57.9%||55.8%|
|% do not exercise (2012)||16.8%||16.7%|
|% who smoke (2012)||17.3%||17.8%|
|% who binge drink (2012)||13.9%||19.6%|
|Life Expectancy – Men (2010)||77.6 years||77.6 years|
|Life Expectancy – Women (2010)||81.5 years||81.7 years|
A person’s health is affected by their ability to get health insurance and to access health care services. The needs of most El Paso County residents are met by the health care system, however, for those who do face barriers to coverage or care, it is usually due to cost issues.
|Coverage & Access Issues:||El Paso County||Colorado|
|% uninsured (2013)||13.1%||14.3%|
|% underinsured (2013)||12.0%||13.9%|
|% enrolled in Medicaid (2012)||11.5%||12.4%|
|% of EBNE* kids (2011)||15.6%||18.8%|
|% that don’t have a usual source of care (2013)||16.1%||16.9%|
|% that saw a provider last year (2013)||83.1%||78.2%|
*EBNE stands for Eligible But Not Enrolled. EBNE children are those who are eligible for either Medicaid or Colorado’s Child Health Plan Plus (both of which provide free or low-cost health insurance), but are not enrolled in either. Reasons for not enrolling may be because of a lack of information, lack of ability to navigate the system, or by choice.
Access to care requires a sufficient supply of both health care providers and places where health care is provided–such as hospitals, clinics, and health centers. In El Paso County, the ratio of patients to primary care physicians is significantly worse than average.
|Safety net clinics** (2012)||27|
|Practicing primary care physicians (2013)||270|
|Residents per physician (2013)||2,917:1||1,873:1|
|Medicaid patients per physician (2013)||3,333:1||1,853:1|
Source: Colorado Health Institute
**From the Colorado Health Institute: safety net clinics include community health centers, community mental health centers, community-based low income dental clinics, community-funded safety net clinics, rural health clinics, family practice residency programs, school-based health centers, and local public health departments or nursing services.