They put Dodge County at #4 and Fillmore County at #8 for health outcomes in the state. "Do you live in affordable housing in a safe neighborhood?" Taken together, the county is nowhere near where it should be in keeping people healthy, said Dr. Deborah McMahan, Allen County health commissioner.
The county's ranking for health factors - 30 measures relating to health behaviors, clinical care, social and economic and physical environment values - has been up and down. "You know, we certainly recognize that there are a lot of factors that weigh in on the health of the population", said Geisinger Physician Richard Martin.
"I am pleased to see less years of productive life lost due to premature death", said Rebecca Kaufman, Director of Public Health for Broome County.
Sherburne County jumped seven spots to 13th from 21st. Unfortunately, the obesity rate has stayed the same at 34 percent. She said the Department is working with the Healthier Muskingum County Network to find ways to continue improving better health. The Institute leads the work on the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps and manages the RWJF Culture of Health Prize.
The Buncombe County Family Justice Center (FJC) is an example of a community partnership that has been instrumental in The Rankings.
The report ranks Milwaukee County at No. 71 of the state's 72 counties for both its health outcomes and health factors.
Chera Sevcik, community health administrator for Martin and Faribault counties, described a similar outlook on the rankings. The measures largely come from data already available to them or may not be as up to date as the research states collect.
The information is helpful to anyone interested in improving health in their community, Jerome said.
The report found that the five healthiest localities in the state were: Loudoun County, Arlington County, Fairfax County, Falls Church and Poquoson. "We can not fully address any one issue without addressing the full range of challenges that keep people from leading healthy lives", Iser added. A new report compares the well-being of almost every county in the US.
Executive Garnar created the Get Healthy Broome Task Force in response to last year's need for help to address Broome County's health ranking.