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State Health Department Creates New Website

Oswego, NY – The state Health Department has created a new website which allows residents to track which commonly preventable illnesses are more likely to occur in their neighborhood.

The health department created a tool that allows new yorkers to check whether 12 preventable conditions, like diabetes, asthma and high blood pressure, are predominant in their zip code.

The system will let health officials and local health lobbyists identify gaps in services to specific communities. Despite being among the top three states in per capita health care spending, New York ranks 39th among states for hospital admissions for preventable conditions.

"As New York faces the worst fiscal crisis in a generation, it is imperative that we take the opportunity to reform our health care system to make it more efficient and affordable for all New Yorkers through greater access to primary care and preventive services," said Governor David A. Paterson. "This new website will be important as the State takes action toward reform, while additionally providing New Yorkers with access to data on preventable conditions in their communities such as diabetes, high blood pressure and asthma. This new prevention quality indicator website will help to better prepare New Yorkers in maintaining their health."

Click Here to visit the site.