County Health Rankings report released Wednesday morning

Annual health rankings report places Petersburg last in state

County health rankings in the TN Valley

This graphic from the RWJF report shows how racial differences exceed county differences in low birth weights nationwide.

A number of reasons can explain a county's change in rank, including the health outcomes and the performance of other county's, according to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Health outcomes here mean the length of life (50 percent) and quality of life (50 percent).

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin's Population Health Institute compiled a report showing Kern County is 47th in the state when it comes to average length of life and nearly a quarter of residents here report having poor or fair health.

Rankings are available at the website www.countyhealthrankings.org.

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That figure is compared the USA average of 20 percent. "There are persistent health gaps that exist based on a range of factors". Decades of research show that residential segregation is a fundamental cause of health disparities in the US.


In addition, the report ranks Leon County as 5 in terms of income inequality, which it claims is associated with increased risk of sickness and death. "For example, while it's 11 percent overall, it's 53 percent of black children live in poverty".

This year, the rankings put a special focus on race.

Wyandotte still comes in dead last among the state's counties when it comes to smoking, adult obesity, drinking, teen births and sexually transmitted infections. Broome County experiences a high rate of childhood poverty at 24%, while NYS is at 21%. "For example, in some of the lower-performing counties in MS, the children poverty rate is very high, there's a very low median household income, and that usually correlates to access to health care in terms of providing better health outcomes in the long run".

Visit countyhealthrankings.org to learn more.

This is the 9th year for the collaboration between the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Social and economic factors, such as connected and supportive communities, good schools, stable jobs and safe neighborhoods, are "foundational to achieving long and healthy lives", the news release said.

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