Who is at risk?
The percentage of those who report their health as fair to poor increases as annual household income decreases. Low-income individuals can face many barriers to healthy living, such as cost and availability of services and transportation. Overall, about 14% of Linn County residents reported their health is fair or poor in 2010 (BRFSS, Linn county 2010).
In general, the rates for disease, risk factors, and poor health outcomes are worse for low-income, low-educational attainment, and minority populations in Linn County and the surrounding areas. Increased smoking, obesity, poor mental health, less access to fresh food, and chronic diseases all impact these populations with greater frequency.