Scioto County ranks low on health index

Scioto County has continued over the last several years to rank near the bottom of the health index, leading to the need for intense health care.

In May 2016, 252 Scioto County residents participated in a survey determining Scioto County’s health needs. A comprehensive report of the results was created and is titled “the 2016 Portsmouth and Scioto County Health Assessment.”

According to Belinda Leslie, BSBA, PHR, SHRM-CP, special projects officer for the Portsmouth Health Department, the findings will direct community efforts to address the health issues that most affect those who live in Scioto County.

Leslie said the report will be distributed to community agencies, community leaders and businesses. She said individuals may obtain a copy on the Portsmouth City Health Department Face Book page, emailing or, or by visiting either of the Health Departments.

She went on to say the report will be used for many purposes by community agencies, including assessing the health of Scioto County residents compared to other residents in Ohio. She said it is vital to realizing the Scioto County Health Coalition’s vision “To transform Scioto County into a healthy, economically vibrant community in which to thrive, work and prosper”.

The public is being invited to review the report and provide feedback, questions, or suggestions to the Health Department contacts – Belinda Leslie and Brent Rollins.

Reach Frank Lewis at 740-353-3101, ext. 1928, or on Twitter @franklewis.