Saturday, 22 September, 2018

County Health Rankings report released Wednesday morning

Long-time patient Dorys Grover gives a bag of books to Dr. Norman Sitz during a checkup on Tuesday in Pendleton County Health Rankings report released Wednesday morning
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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Murphy on Wednesday downplayed any potential divisions, saying he thought Democrats would "prove to be the party of substance". He has until June 30 to get a spending plan approved by the legisalture before the 2019 fiscal year commences on July 1.

Sessions May Fire McCabe Days Before He's Set to Retire
TA source told AP that McCabe is suspected of misleading internal investigators about a media leak, an allegation he denies. Strzok was removed from the Mueller team in July, though the reason for his ouster was not reported until December.

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Broadcom's access to the president may have led it to underestimate what was needed to win the approval process. The saga took a surprising turn on Monday 12th, when the White House issued an order blocking the purchase .

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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