Branch County midway on health rankings

Kern County ranks 52nd out of 57 counties in new health report

Kern County ranks 52nd out of 57 counties in new health report

The County Health Rankings & Roadmaps, a collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute (UWPHI), compares counties within each state on more than 30 health-influencing factors such as education, jobs, and access to quality health care.

The report ranks Milwaukee County at No. 71 of the state's 72 counties for both its health outcomes and health factors.

Local Tennessee counties fared much better than Southwest Virginia.

By comparison, when the study debuted in 2010, the county ranked 20th in health outcomes. The County Health Rankings measure the health of communities by examining how long people live and how healthy they feel.

Last year, Petersburg was ranked second worst in the state.

"We need to do more to address the true underlying drivers of health, if we want to see improvements and decrease health care costs." said Dr. Elizabeth Tilson, the state health director and chief medical officer.

In South Carolina, 23 percent of children live in poverty, compared to the USA rate of 20 percent.

The county rankings are far from the only data public health officials like Moritz use to inform their priorities. The adult smoking rate and teen births were lower and access to exercise opportunities was higher, but obesity, physical inactivity, excessive drinking and food environment were the same. The Institute works across the full spectrum of factors that contribute to health.

For the 2018 Rankings, Broome County improved its Length of Life ranking to 52 out of 62 counties. The real value in the ranking is to give county health officials and leaders the health measures needed to plan broad-based public health strategies, she said. This can be a significant indicator of future health status.

Children in Poverty: Poverty limits opportunities and increases the chance of poor health.

According to the report, 28 percent of children in Milwaukee County are living in poverty, compared to the statewide average of 16 percent. "In the first years, we have brought the rate to even with the state level, with the program participants being recruited from patients flagged as having risk factors in their health records for preterm delivery". These initiatives lift the efforts of individuals and neighborhoods as they develop essential community-based infrastructures for improved health and wellness outcomes. "Livingston County continues to be innovative and collaborative, which are vital to creating a healthier community", Livingston County Administrator Ian M. Coyle said in a statement.

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