County Rank: 4 of 59
Summit County fares very well in nearly all statistical indicators of county health. It is highest ranked for its health behaviors and lowest ranked for its morbidity.
Health in Summit County is generally good. Residents are active, are a healthy weight, and fewer smoke than in most other Colorado counties. However, binge drinking is prevalent. Overall, Summit County residents live longer, healthier lives compared to Colorado averages.
|Health Issues:||Summit County / HSR 12*
|% in fair or poor health (2013)||12.4%||13.1%|
|% overweight or obese (2012)||28.1%||55.8%|
|% do not exercise (2012)||5.5%||16.7%|
|% who smoke (2012)||8.9%||17.8%|
|% who binge drink (2012)||34.9%||19.6%|
|Life Expectancy – Men (2010)||80.1 years||77.6 years|
|Life Expectancy – Women (2010)||83.4 years||81.7 years|
*HSR stands for Health Statistics Region. HSRs are regional aggregations of counties that allow for adequate sample sizes.
A person’s health is affected by their ability to get health insurance and to access health care services. Despite a higher percentage of the population being uninsured compared to the state average, the needs of most Summit County residents are met by the health care system. The barriers to care some residents face are primarily cost-related.
|Coverage & Access Issues:||Summit County / HSR 12||Colorado|
|% uninsured (2013)||19.4%||14.3%|
|% underinsured (2013)||13.0%||13.9%|
|% enrolled in Medicaid (2012)||5.5%||12.4%|
|% of EBNE** kids (2011)||29.4%||18.8%|
|% that don’t have a usual source of care (2013)||16.4%||16.9%|
|% that saw a provider last year (2013)||76.9%||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 Summit County, the ratio of providers to patients is worse than the Colorado average.
|Workforce & Capacity Issues:||Summit County / HSR 12||Colorado|
|Safety net clinics*** (2012)||6|
|Practicing primary care physicians (2013)||113|
|Residents per physician (2013)||2,471:1||1,873:1|
|Medicaid patients per physician (2013)||1,847:1||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.