Report ranks health county by county

Mar 15, 2018, 03:55
Report ranks health county by county

Flagler County's ranking held steady at 14th.

"We definitely look at this and see what areas we need to try harder on improvements", she said. Low birth-weight is a key indicator of overall health status in communities.

Douglas County continues to be the healthiest county in Colorado, according to an annual ranking of the state's political subsidiaries released Tuesday. That's a drop of three positions since 2017 and eight since 2016.

These rankings are a snapshot of the health of counties across the country and they emphasize that health is not a singular effort but a combined work in progress across all community partners.

Other southeastern Wisconsin counties lagged in the rankings.

The rankings are based off health outcomes, including premature death, poor of fair health, poor physical health days, poor mental health days and low birthweight.

Last year's report pointed to drug overdose deaths as fueling the increase nationally.

Piatt (11), Woodford (12) and Tazewell (20) counties all ranked in the top 20.

"That kind of looks at quality of life and a lot of different factors: behavioral factors, physical environment, access to care", said Kylie Jones the Community Health Planner.

The counties are in the beginning stages of their next five-year cycle, so within a year or two county health teams could have all new action steps to address the problems highlighted in the report.

In health factors, a measure of health behaviors and social factors, the county fell three spots from 62nd to 65th. The rest declined or were unchanged from past year.

Nationwide, the report said, racial differences in birth weight are greater than county differences in birth weight. Blacks and Hispanics have the highest rates, 51 and 49, respectively. Mendocino County ranked 44th in the state, also dropping a spot from past year. All surpass statewide results.

"These four improvement areas may seem outside the traditional realm of health, but it shows the complexity of factors that affect the community's overall health and well-being which are all measured by the county health rankings", Brecheisen said.

McLean County has a 29 percent adult obesity rate which is higher than the state average.

The five healthiest IN counties IN order are Hamilton, Hendricks, Warren, Boone and Brown.

Leafy, affluent Morris displaced equally prosperous and rural Hunterdon as the healthiest county in New Jersey, according to interviews and data measuring personal habits, educational and financial achievement and access to medical care.