We're number one! Ottawa County tops for health

We're number one! Ottawa County tops for health

We're number one! Ottawa County tops for health

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The counties are in the beginning stages of their next five-year cycle, so within a year or two county health teams could have all new action steps to address the problems highlighted in the report.

According to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Mecklenburg County is the fifth-healthiest county in the state, with Union County falling in line just ahead at No. 4.

This graphic from the RWJF report shows how racial differences exceed county differences in low birth weights nationwide. "With things like low birth weight, childhood poverty, we're seeing some of these factors that are consistent across multiple counties and across the country". "We certainly are well within the top third of 102 counties".

The 2018 health rankings show the St. Cloud area slightly improved.

"The Crater Health District is proud to be working with our community to improve health outcomes for all people in our district", says Dr. Alton Hart, the Crater Health District Director.

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David Plyler, the chairman of the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners, said the county could remain at its current ranking in the short term because "instant success is not always prevalent". Those in poorest health are largely rural: Robeson, Scotland, Vance, Edgecombe and Columbus counties.

Those Mississippi counties ranking lower have higher rates of sexually transmitted infections and teen births, as well as a high ratio of people per primary care physicians.

The 1889 Jefferson Center for Population Health continues to develop its community engagement teams to help develop response in various areas of interest, she noted. There is then a big drop off in health outcomes with Hancock County ranked #71 and Cerro Gordo the 72nd healthiest county in Iowa. Health factors include health behaviors, clinical care, social and economic factors and physical environment.

Robert W. Hicks, the Virginia Department of Health's deputy commissioner for community health services, said the rankings are beneficial in informing not only the health districts but the communities at large.

Oakman also says that the childhood poverty rate is a major factor in Washington County's ranking; there, the rate is 28 percent.

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