Your Zip code could be an indicator of your health

15 March, 2018, 03:53 | Author: Darrell Lopez
  • Illustration from the cover of the 2018 County Health Rankings report of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Grundy County is ranked healthiest in the state and Monona County is the least healthy.

A new report gives us an annual health snapshot of almost every county in the country. It's the eighth year in a row that Beaufort County topped the list. Blue Earth County ranked 54th in the measure.

Milwaukee County ranks second to last among all Wisconsin counties for residents' health outcomes, according to an annual County Health Rankings Report. This improvement means the county has had less years of productive life lost from premature death.

"We will continue to work with our community partners to achieve a caring and inclusive community where everyone can achieve their optimum well-being", Browning said.

From last to first, here is a quick snapshot of each county's health profile. These health gaps are largely influenced by differences in opportunities that disproportionately affect people of color, such as access to quality education, jobs, and safe, affordable housing. Flagler County's ranking held steady at 14th.

19 percent of adults in Branch County smoke, 20 percent are excessive drinkers while 32 percent are obese.

Matt Trujillo, a program officer with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, says the trends reflected by the Wyandotte County data are not unique.

For almost a decade, the County Health Rankings, released today, March 14th, have shown that where we live makes a difference in how well and how long we live.

Quality of life factors also look worse for Douglas County this year - it fell to 68th from 28th last year. Low birth-weight is a key indicator of overall health status in communities.

Statewide, the new report says 15 percent of Iowa children live in poverty. These population health frameworks provide a way to organize and measure community-wide efforts aimed at improving health.

"I knew Broome County could do better". "By focusing on the unique needs of our area, we are starting to see meaningful change".

"Years went by before the high infant mortality rate in Forsyth County saw dramatic improvement", Plyler said. This on-site attorney makes civil legal help accessible to low-income patients who need an advocate to stabilize their housing, prevent homelessness, stop domestic violence, or secure health insurance or other resources for themselves and their families.


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