Yesterday, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute released their sixth annual County Health Rankings & Roadmaps report—a county-by-county view of health in the United States, based on 30 factors including areas such as education, housing, violent crime, jobs, diet, and exercise.
“The County Health Rankings have helped galvanize communities across the nation to improve health,” said Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, RWJF’s president and CEO. “Solutions and innovation are coming from places as diverse as rural Williamson, West Virginia in the heart of Appalachia to urban New Orleans; they are engaging business, public health, education, parents, and young people to build a Culture of Health.”
Among other key findings, this edition of the report found that the healthiest counties have higher college attendance rates, better access to physical activity spaces and fewer preventable hospital visits. Alternatively, the least healthy counties have more smokers and teen births, as well higher rates of unemployment and child poverty.
The health rankings also offers some good news, too: Premature death rates are dropping, with 60 percent of the nation’s counties seeing declines.
“In the six years since the County Health Rankings began, we’ve seen them serve as a rallying point for change,” said Bridget Catlin, co-director of County Health Rankings & Roadmaps. “Communities are using the Rankings to inform their priorities as they work to build a Culture of Health.”
To find out how your county fared in the report, click here.
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