Wisconsin County Health Rankings Released: Sheboygan Ranks #26 In The State

Annual health rankings report places Petersburg last in state

The United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg's 2017-18 Indicators of Community Health reported that, between 2000 and 2015, Petersburg saw a 70 percent decrease in its rate of teen pregnancies.

In related news, the US spends nearly twice as much on health care as other wealthy nations.

"What this data shows is that by addressing social determinants like housing, access to education, and employment opportunities, we lay the groundwork for better health to take root", says BCHHS Health Division Director, Jan Shepard. Low birth weight is a key measure of health and quality of life. "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".

"Every community should use their County Health Rankings data, work together, and find solutions so that all babies, kids, and adults - regardless of their race or ethnicity - have the same opportunities to be healthy". You can search for your county by clicking on the link at the side of this story, then typing in your zip code. In the Northern Tier, Tioga County came in at 16, while Bradford County was ranked at 37.

There was some correlation between population and health outcomes, in which counties with more residents tended to rank higher in terms of health outcomes. Flagler County's ranking held steady at 14th. Allen County's quality of life has consistently been ranked in the 50s the last few years. The county has a relatively high uninsured rate and a high population-to-physician ratio.

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Novant Health Inc. believes it is making a difference locally with "easy access to free, preventive-care screenings, and continuing to work with community agencies to facilitate a variety of community health-care programs", said Dr. Lawrence Nycum, the senior vice president of medical affairs for its Winston-Salem market. She says African-Americans have worse health outcomes than the lowest-ranked county.

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

A county's health factors are comprised of wide-ranging inputs: They include traditional health barometers, such as obesity and smoking rates, as well as social and economic standards, such as child poverty and high school graduation rates. "For example, in some of the lower-performing counties in MS, the children poverty rate is very high, there's a very low median household income, and that usually correlates to access to health care in terms of providing better health outcomes in the long run".

"We are actually communicating with each other, and we meet on a quarterly basis", she said.

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