County Health Rankings show mixed results for Rock County

Lynette PayneMar 15, 2018

ZANESVILLE, Ohio- The annual County Health Rankings list has been released and Muskingum County didn't fare too well.

But the most impressive in mid-Michigan goes to Clinton County which ranks 4th healthiest in the state.

Ottawa County ranked No. 1 in overall health outcomes by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's county health rankings for 2018. Blue Earth County ranked 54th in the measure.

Putnam County ranked fifth for health outcomes and fourth for health factors this year.

Access to good doctors is one of many factors used to determine how long, and how well we live.

Severe housing problems have stayed fairly flat between 20 and 22 percent for the past five years in Douglas County.

"Improving health is not just what our hospitals or the health department does, it is what we all do individually and collectively as a community to improve health", he said.

As expected, Ottawa County remains our healthiest county, coming in at number one for almost the fifth year in a row.

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 Delaware. Figures estimate poor health causes about 14,000 years of potential life lost in Petersburg, versus a state average of 6,100.

Statewide, the new report says 15 percent of Iowa children live in poverty.

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. It also rates last when measured by education levels, children in poverty, income inequality and violent crime.

It's part of a nine-year collaboration between the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

While population size is important for overall health, demographics and social economic status play a much greater role, according to the health officials. "They're going to change by the the way we apportion public resources in Wyandotte County".

"We are looking for people who want to help in the immediate areas where they live", she said.

"I bet the other counties did worse and that is why we improved because in some factors we improved and some we were actually worse", McMahan said.

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