Sunday, 16 December, 2018

County Health Rankings report released Wednesday morning

Illustration from the cover of the 2018 County Health Rankings report of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Illustration from the cover of the 2018 County Health Rankings report of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Anna Jefferson | 14 March, 2018, 23:24

This year's report shows some troubling trends.

Listen to KERA's conversation on health disparities and what could help close the gaps, like more inclusive clinical trials and more non-white doctors, so more people could benefit from medical breakthroughs.

Just like we get yearly check-ups a new report gives us an annual health snapshot of almost every county in the country. The Rankings are available at www.countyhealthrankings.org. This can be a significant indicator of future health status.

The rankings highlight how your location can influence how well and long you live. Its uninsured rate is 19 percent, and 45 percent of its children are living in poverty. Children in poverty are less likely to have access to well-resourced and quality schools, and have fewer chances to be prepared for living wage jobs.

Researchers measured length of life using premature death statistics (years of potential life lost before age 75) and assessed quality of life through self-reported answers on physical and mental well-being, along with collecting the percentage of low birthweight newborns in each area. In Madison, the white teen birth rate was 9 per 100,000 teenage females, while the number is almost four times as high (34) for black female teens. Black and American Indian/Alaskan Native teens have also seen notable improvements. Kent County has the highest out of Kent, Ottawa and Muskegon. The rest declined or were unchanged from past year.

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Turkey besieges Afrin, ready to enter the Syrian city 'at any moment'
Around 350,000 people live in the city, including families displaced from other parts of the enclave. "I hope that Afrin will, God willing, have completely fallen by the evening".

The new Rankings State Reports call attention to key drivers of health, such as children in poverty.

Visit countyhealthrankings.org to learn more.

"The time is now to address long-standing challenges like child poverty", said Sheri Johnson, director, University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. For more information, visit www.rwjf.org. Follow the Foundation on Twitter at www.rwjf.org/twitter or on Facebook at www.rwjf.org/facebook.

In Leon County, the Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) is created to address specific opportunities for improved health that have been identified by the community.

Hart said the city is continuing to address the social determinants of health, and that it is making strides to address some of the factors of poor health outcomes, such as teen pregnancy.

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