Washington County ranks 65th in healthy residents

Published: Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 01:03 PM.

Davis said the county’s health department offers minors free, confidential birth control and no parents will ever be notified of their visit. Increased use of the free service could reduce teen pregnancy numbers in the future.

In Bay County, minors also can get free, confidential birth control from the Health Department, but they must fill it at a pharmacy. Adults also can receive free birth control, provided they meet certain income criteria, said Julia Ruschmann, county health department spokeswoman. Free condoms always are available.

Ruschmann said the Health Department does not assist teens looking to get an abortion.


Other counties

Overall, Bay County ranked 35th of the state’s 67 counties; last year it was 34th. Calhoun County was 46th; Franklin County was 33rd; Gulf County was 34th; Holmes County was 52nd; Jackson County was 49th; and Walton County was 41st.

Of the eight counties, Franklin County had the worst high school graduation rate at 59 percent, and Gulf had the highest smoking rate at 29 percent.

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