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Lane County has a strong foundation as a healthy community built around abundant natural resources, collaboration across organizations, hardworking residents, caring neighbors, and innovation. We are proud of these assets, but we know there is still much work to be done.
Even though there has been decades of progress in reducing disease and early death, tobacco use continues to be the leading preventable cause of death and disease in Lane County; obesity and diabetes affect more people every year; rates of substance abuse and poor mental health are of serious concern; and access to health care remains a challenge for many. Additionally, health inequities persist for communities of color, low-income populations, sexual minorities, and others. These are complex challenges. Addressing them successfully requires resources, effort, innovation and participation from everyone.