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ZMCHD releases county health rankings

15 March 2018

Of the counties surrounding Philadelphia, Chester ranks first in health outcomes, Montgomery is ranked fourth, Bucks is ranked seventh and DE is ranked 49th.

The report found that the five healthiest localities in the state were: Loudoun County, Arlington County, Fairfax County, Falls Church and Poquoson.

This year, it was knocked out of the top five by Napa and Orange counties.

Hardscrabble and sparsely populated Cumberland County ranked at the bottom, as it has in previous reports.

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Columbia County improved from ranking 30th in health outcomes in 2017 to 20th this year while health factors remained the same at 13th.

"We are excited to be considered one of the healthiest counties in Missouri by the County Health Rankings", Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services Department Director Stephanie Browning said.

"There is still much work to be done incorporating healthy behaviors where we live, learn, work and play." said Jason Garnar, Broome County Executive. "We need to make it easy for our community to live healthy", added Garnar. This year's analyses show that lack of opportunity, such as education jobs, and affordable housing, disproportionately affects people of color across the nation and within Nevada. "Our county's strong partnerships and investments to prevent and reduce chronic diseases such as diabetes, infant mortality, domestic violence, the opioid epidemic and trauma will continue to build greater resiliency and our community's health over time".

That figure is compared the U.S. average of 20 percent.

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The county's low health ranking was cited as a target for improvement when the 1889 Jefferson Center for Population Health opened in Johnstown a year ago.

The report looks at nearly every county in the United States.

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Quality of life factors also look worse for Douglas County this year - it fell to 68th from 28th last year. "Our vision is a North Carolina that optimizes health and well-being for all people by effectively stewarding resources that bridge our communities and our healthcare system". But health experts note that population health can't be turned around on a dime, and the county still lags when it comes to health behaviors and social and economic factors. "And so I think this provides good data for having those types of conversations".

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ZMCHD releases county health rankings