County could be much healthier

Dr. Norman Sitz checks a printout before visiting a patient on Tuesday at his medical office in Pendleton

Dr. Norman Sitz checks a printout before visiting a patient on Tuesday at his medical office in Pendleton

The ninth annual study is done by the Population Health Institute of the University of Wisconsin with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

In the 2018 County Health Rankings, Broome County ranks 8 out of 62 counties in New York State for Physical Environment, which includes Air and Water Quality and Housing and Transit.

The report found that the five healthiest localities in the state were: Loudoun County, Arlington County, Fairfax County, Falls Church and Poquoson. Orange County was ranked 15, and Leon County came in at 16.

Spegman also said the numbers are mostly there to get people thinking about their community's health.

Rockland ranked sixth for health factors, the same as past year.

"The rankings have been very instrumental in driving community conversation and it has created a lot of energy in terms of community voice, community input and community drive to improve the health of the community", Hart said.

In South Carolina, 23 percent of children live in poverty, compared to the USA rate of 20 percent.

The County Health Rankings are released annually and were first issued in 2010.

"The County Health Rankings underscore the need to make children's health a priority and invest in what we know works", said Karen Ordinans, executive director of the Children's Health Alliance of Wisconsin. Especially when looking at rising low birth weights. The order changes when it comes to health factors: Collin, No. 1, Rockwall, No. 2 and Denton, No. 6.

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Other counties could have simply done better.

Jackson County is a little behind at number 45.

While Milwaukee County's health behaviors largely match those of the state as a whole, there were notable differences in its rates of sexually transmitted infection and teen pregnancy.

Doctors in the US earn twice the average salary than their peers in 10 other high-income countries.

Of the 67 counties in the Sunshine State, St. Johns County is the healthiest and Union County is the least healthy.

All three were in the highest category of the rankings starting at the top 22 healthiest ranks in the state in both years.

The new Rankings State Reports call attention to key drivers of health, such as children in poverty.

One of the connections this report illuminates between race and place is that segregated communities of color are more likely to be cut off from investments that promote good schools, affordable housing, and other opportunities for health.

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