Lancaster holds steady in top ranks of annual county health ranking

Annual health rankings report places Petersburg last in state

Public Health Communications Specialist with the McLean County Health Department, Lisa Slater, said the survey helps direct how the county implements its health improvement fund and where it seeks grants.

This is the first time since the annual County Health Rankings and Roadmap report was first published nine years ago that the county has not been included in the top 10.

"We definitely look at this and see what areas we need to try harder on improvements", she said. "Kansas and Wyandotte County are no different there".

Dutchess County ranked 14th for health outcomes and ninth for health factors an improvement from 17th in health outcomes previous year.

The report includes health, social and economic factors, along with clinical care and health environment.

Kent County also ranks low when it comes to mammograms. Republic is in north central Kansas, Morton is in the southwest corner, and Labette and Woodson are in the southeast corner. Once ranked at the bottom, Wyandotte County has taken extensive measures to undo that lowly status. These population health frameworks provide a way to organize and measure community-wide efforts aimed at improving health. The Rankings examine dozens of factors that influence health including (but not limited to) rates of premature death, smoking, obesity levels, childhood poverty, access to healthy foods, levels of physical activities and rates of high school graduation and college attendance.

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"We can see there are meaningful gaps that exist not only by place but also by race", said Karen Odegaard, community coach with the county rankings team. The same weight is applied to poor physical health days, and Douglas County falls in the worst 20 in that category as well. "We are taking action".

Orange County improved from being ranked 23rd in health outcomes and 24th in health factors a year ago to 21st in health outcomes and 17th in health factors.

Health factors show a picture of the future for a given area, Jerome said. Wake County was found to be the healthiest in all of the Tar Heel State.

"I knew Broome County could do better".

While both STIs and teen births have decreased in Holmes, the county still has a higher per capita infection rate than other counties and a higher rate of teen births.

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