Sangamon County Citizens Report Better Health

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SPRINGFIELD – The 2015 Sangamon County Citizen Survey shows ninety-six percent of respondents report having health insurance, an increase of almost seven percentage points from 2013.

This survey is a collaborative project between the University of Illinois Springfield's Center for State Policy and Leadership, the United Way of Central Illinois and the Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln. It is conducted every two years by telephone to assess the quality of life in Sangamon County. Respondents are reporting better health outcomes on all health measures than they did two years ago.

Percentage of individuals reporting poor physical or mental health has also decreased in the past two years.

“The 2015 survey also found an increase in the number of residents who report having a primary care provider. Having access to health insurance and primary care also could easily translate into a decrease in the number of poor health days, as demonstrated in the survey results,” said Director of the UIS Survey Research Office Ashley Kirzinger.

The full report will be available at the Annual Meeting of the Citizens Club of Springfield on Friday, June 26 at the Hoogland Center for the Arts. The center is located at 420 South 6th Street in Springfield, Illinois. This program will begin at 8 AM.

More information about the survey can be obtained by contacting Ashley Kirzinger by phone at 217-206-7956 or by email at akirz2@uis.edu.

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