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McLean sees slight drop in county health rankings

McLean sees slight drop in county health rankings McLean sees slight drop in county health rankings
Judith Alexander | 15 March, 2018, 05:57

The rankings for almost every county in the United States are based on health outcomes, as measured by how long people live and how they subjectively feel.

This is the ninth year for the collaboration between the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Taken together, the county is nowhere near where it should be in keeping people healthy, said Dr. Deborah McMahan, Allen County health commissioner. Launched in 2016, the Scranton-based initiative focuses on preventative care, behavioral health and economic growth which are all key components of the county health rankings report.

"The rankings have been very instrumental in driving community conversation and it has created a lot of energy in Petersburg.in terms of community voice, community input and community drive to improve the health of the community", Hart said.

The top five counties for health factors are: Ozaukee (No. 1); Waukesha (No. 2); Dane (No. 3); Washington (No. 4); and St. Croix (No. 5).

"The Crater Health District is proud to be working with our community to improve health outcomes for all people in our district", said Alton Hart, Jr., MD, MPH, Director, Crater Health District.

In health factors, a measure of health behaviors and social factors, the county fell three spots from 62nd to 65th.

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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. Flagler County's ranking held steady at 14th.

You can see how your county ranks by going here. Those in poorest health are largely rural: Robeson, Scotland, Vance, Edgecombe and Columbus counties. "They confirm overall health is driven by various social and economic factors that can not be ignored any longer", Ordinans added.

Census data supports the correlation: The median income in Rankin is $59,370, while in Holmes it's $20,800, the lowest in the state.

"In addressing this we need to go beyond just making sure people can see a doctor".

A West Michigan county was named the healthiest in the state by a recent study.

This year's new Rankings State Reports show meaningful gaps in health persist not only by place, but also by race and ethnicity. That's worst than last year's ranking.

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