Published: Thu, March 15, 2018
Medicine | By Melba Vasquez

How healthy is Ohio? County health rankings for U.S. released

How healthy is Ohio? County health rankings for U.S. released

Holmes, Coahoma and Quitman were ranked as the least healthy counties.

Washington County ranked at 19, Sullivan County, 25, and Johnson County, 77 for health outcomes out of 95 counties statewide.

Regional counties ranked as high as sixth - Nicollet - and as low as 57th - Faribault - in health outcomes in the annual county health measures released by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. "We certainly are well within the top third of 102 counties". Union County is close behind, coming in 6th place.

Columbia County improved from ranking 30th in health outcomes in 2017 to 20th this year while health factors remained the same at 13th.

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"We know that health is influenced by many factors, and while we have made great strides, there are still gaps we must address", said State Health Commissioner Marissa J.

In Ottawa County, the rate of obesity is at 29 percent, excessive drinking at 21 percent and 67 percent of women are getting their yearly mammograms.

In New York, the number one ranked county is Rockland and the last ranked is Bronx County at 62.

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.

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The lowest-ranking counties, in descending order, are Monroe, Carbon, Schuylkill, Luzerne, Susquehanna, Lawrence, Cambria, Fulton, Fayette and Philadelphia. The project includes maps on its websites that lets users compare counties for each measure.

Just like we get yearly check-ups, an annual report released Monday morning provided a "health snapshot" of almost every county in the U.S. The ratios of primary care physicians, dentists and mental health providers to the population all improved. This year's report shows Blacks in more segregated counties fare worse in rates of child poverty, infant mortality, and high school graduation than those in less segregated counties. The changes going on now - creating mixed-income housing, addressing transportation infrastructure and increasing access to medical homes - take time.

"For smoking we have some smoking initiatives that we're working with other area agencies and businesses to work on smoke free policies", said Jones.

Executive Garnar created the Get Healthy Broome Task Force in response to last year's need for help to address Broome County's health ranking.

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