Health, Safety, and Education
Vision: We will continually strive to improve the well-being of all our residents.
Access to Healthcare
Access to comprehensive, quality health care services is important for promoting and maintaining health, preventing and managing disease, reducing unnecessary disability and premature death, and achieving health equity for all Americans.
One key data point in accessing healthcare is understanding what percentage of Park County residents are uninsured. The chart on the left shows percent uninsured for Park County, nearby counties, Montana, and the United States; the chart on the right summarizes the percentage of Park County residents without healthcare insurance from 2015-2019.
Source: American Community Survey 5-year estimates, table S2701.
Immunization rates are one measure of children’s health. Working with the Park County Health Department, Livingston HealthCare, and Community Health Partners we can compare Park County’s immunization rates to standards outlined by Healthy People, a national initiative that includes science-based, 10-year goals for improving the health of all Americans.
Healthy People’s 2020 target is 90% coverage for infants aged 19 to 35 months for each of the following vaccinations: 4 doses of DTaP; 3 doses of Hib; 3 doses of Hep B; 1 dose of MMR; 3 doses of Polio; 1 dose of Varicella vaccine; and 4 doses of pneumococcal conjugate vaccine.
The bar chart below shows the percentage of children ages 24-35 months who have received the vaccinations listed above. To change the year, click the "change filter" text.
For all of these vaccines combined, known as the "4313314 series," the national target is 80%. The chart below shows that Park County lags at 69%.
Data for 2021 are as of 10/21/2021.
Another key data point related to the well being of Park County residents is the percentage of people in poverty. Child poverty is related to current and future health risk as well as social cost. It also can impact children’s education, health, and income into adulthood.
Park County ranks in the middle of all Montana counties with the 26th lowest poverty rate, just behind Gallatin County. An estimated 12.6% of Park County residents, and 13.4% of Park County children, are living at or below the federal poverty line.
Source: American Community Survey 5-year estimates, table S1701.
2021 saw another decline in the number of cases compared to the upward trend from preceding years.
From 2020 to 2021, there were fewer drug related offenses than previously recorded.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has noted that adverse childhood conditions, including child abuse and neglect, impact long-term well-being. Included at right are data on child abuse in Park County from the state of Montana to better understand and address these trends.
High school graduation rates in Park County have generally been higher than the state average for the last five years.
With the understanding that extensive, nationwide research has shown that children’s early experiences and relationships provide the foundation for all of their future learning, behavior, and health, the following key data points on early childhood have been included. The caseload is down in 2020 due to COVID.
Licensed Child Care Providers
Families’ access to healthy and thriving child care situations can have multiple impacts on a community. Child Care Connections of Montana helps child care providers become licensed and tracks their capacity in Park County. Looking at the chart below, note that SFY stands for State Fiscal Year, which is July 1st to June 30th. The data reflects the total child care capacity from licensed providers. It does not include the capacity from unlicensed providers.
Note: The scale on this chart has been zoomed in to magnify the data points.
About the Data
The Park County Community Foundation articulated the community vision after hearing thoughts from more than 700 community members including: discussions with nonprofits and other community leaders; a county-wide survey with more than 640 responses; and six focus groups throughout the county. To help the community measure and achieve progress towards the vision, we used insights from more than 70 sources and expert interviews to develop a community dashboard of key metrics.
Health insurance coverage data is from the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey 5-year estimates, table S2701. This report uses the Census Bureau Data API but is not endorsed or certified by the Census Bureau.
Childhood immunization data was queried by Park County Community Foundation from CoCASA (Comprehensive Clinic Assessment Software Application), for Livingston HealthCare. The data covers patients age 24-35 months.
Poverty and child poverty data is from the American Community Survey 5-year estimates, table S1701.
Crime data is from the Park County Attorney's Office.
Child abuse data was obtained from the MT-ROM and CAPS programs through the Montana Office of Public Instruction.
Education data was obtained from the Montana Office of Public Instruction.
Early childhood data was obtained from the MT-ROM and CAPS programs through the Montana Office of Public Instruction.
Licensed child care provider data was queried by Park County Community Foundation from Montana Child Care Connections.