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Ranking Our Health, County By County

Ranking Our Health, County By County

It's the eighth year in a row that Beaufort County topped the list. "They confirm overall health is driven by various social and economic factors that can not be ignored any longer", Ordinans added.

"It is very concerning that our community hasn't progressed more", Mayor Allen Joines said.

However, the more populous Tarrant and Dallas counties appear much farther down in the 2018 rankings. "It will take a generation in some cases to see improvements". A group of community leaders and health care representatives this week called for an increased response to address the problem, prompted by the recent discovery of an HIV and syphilis cluster in Milwaukee that has affected at least 125 people.

Health outcomes measure premature deaths before age 75 (Forsyth is 19th, up from 31st) and physical and mental-health measures (64th, down from 49th).

A new study from County Health Rankings reveals the healthiest and not-so healthiest counties in North Carolina. It was 36th in 2017.

Elsewhere in the region, Chesterfield County ranked 30th, Henrico County 33rd and Hanover County 16th.

Physical environment (10 percent): air and water quality and housing and transit.

For health factors, Wake was second, Mecklenburg 11th, Durham 14th and Guilford 42nd.

Axler says the rankings are used to help identify gaps in service and address barriers to health care. Access to good doctors, education level, a well-paying job, and your housing situation are all factors that could play into your health.

This year, the analysis shows that meaningful health gaps persist not only by place but also by race and ethnicity.

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In Ottawa County, the rate of obesity is at 29 percent, excessive drinking at 21 percent and 67 percent of women are getting their yearly mammograms. Holmes, Coahoma and Quitman were ranked as the least healthy counties. The project includes maps on its websites that lets users compare counties for each measure.

The 2018 health rankings show the St. Cloud area slightly improved.

The authors of the report card noted that children in poverty are less likely to have access to quality schools, and have fewer chances to be prepared for higher-wage jobs.

The top five counties for health outcomes, according to the report, are: Ozaukee (No. 1); Taylor (No. 2); Pepin (No. 3); Washington (No. 4) and Waukesha (No. 5).

The information is helpful to anyone interested in improving health in their community, Jerome said.

Other southeastern Wisconsin counties lagged in the rankings.

But despite higher spending, the US has the lowest life expectancy and highest infant mortality rate than any other wealthy nations.

"All counties experience ups and downs".

"We can't be a healthy, thriving nation if we continue to leave entire communities and populations behind", said Dr. Richard Besser, RWJF president and CEO.

"One of our aims is having a healthy, connected community", he said.


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