Sullivan County Manager Jessie Levine said she was aware that primary care providers are in relatively short supply in Sullivan County, but the report also highlighted the relative dearth of dentists and mental health providers in her county.
The report indicates there is one primary care physician for every 1,389 people in Sullivan County and nearly three times as many in Grafton County, where there is one for every 537 people.
Similarly, there are more than twice as many dentists and mental health providers in Grafton County than in Sullivan County.
"I wish there were something inherently attractive in the more needy communities that could draw the professionals here where we need it so much," said Levine
said the data indicate the county needs to work to support teens.
"We need to focus on our kids and our teens and try to identify some early preventative measures to support the people in our community," said Levine
Both Matzkin and Levine
said the report comes at an appropriate time in Sullivan County's creation of a community health improvement plan.