County Rank: 7 of 59
Yuma County fares very well in most statistical indicators of county health, but poorly in others. It is the best in the state for morbidity, but lowest ranked for its clinical care.
Health in Yuma County is a tale of extremes. While the rate of smoking and binge drinking is very low compared to the rest of the state, the proportion of the population that does not exercise regularly and is overweight or obese is very high. These extremes result in average overall health status and life expectancies.
|Health Issues:||Yuma County / HSR 1*
|% in fair or poor health (2013)||12.9%||13.1%|
|% overweight or obese (2012)||80.2%||55.8%|
|% do not exercise (2012)||32.5%||16.7%|
|% who smoke (2012)||6.7%||17.8%|
|% who binge drink (2012)||10.0%||19.6%|
|Life Expectancy – Men (2010)||76.2 years||77.6 years|
|Life Expectancy – Women (2010)||80.8 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. In Yuma, the needs of most residents are met by the health care system, although some segments of the population are more likely to be uninsured or underinsured than the average Coloradan. For those who face barriers to care, cost is usually the main factor.
|Coverage & Access Issues:||Yuma County / HSR 1||Colorado|
|% uninsured (2013)||15.3%||14.3%|
|% underinsured (2013)||22.7%||13.9%|
|% enrolled in Medicaid (2012)||15.3%||12.4%|
|% of EBNE** kids (2011)||25.2%||18.8%|
|% that don’t have a usual source of care (2013)||7.2%||16.9%|
|% that saw a provider last year (2013)||82.1%||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 Yuma County, the ratio of providers to patients is about average.
|Workforce & Capacity Issues:||Yuma County / HSR 1||Colorado|
|Safety net clinics*** (2012)||4|
|Practicing primary care physicians (2013)||46|
|Residents per physician (2013)||2,135:1||1,873:1|
|Medicaid patients per physician (2013)||1,576:1||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.