December 14, 2018

County health rankings out: How does your county stack up?

14 March 2018, 11:25 | Randall Craig

Health rankings highlight common regional concerns

Annual health rankings report places Petersburg last in state

"We're talking about very small increments of change from year to year and from county to county", Hildebrandt said.

Other counties could have simply done better.

The percentage of Beaufort County's population with adequate access to locations for physical activity was 82 percent, compared to the state's 54 percent.

A county's outcomes are measured by the length and the quality of one's life; the quality component takes into account answers to surveys asking how many poor physical and mental health days a person has experienced recently, as well as the frequency of low birth weight. "This is a credit to our community leaders and residents coming together to find solutions". "And the county health rankings show us that not everyone has the same opportunity to be healthy".

But, she credits most of the county's public health work to its association with a regional group, the Statewide Health Improvement Partnership.

The program compares the health of counties within each state and supports initiatives that address economic and environmental factors that impact health.

Also, Clinical Care in Broome County received high marks for 2018.

Listen to KERA's conversation on health disparities and what could help close the gaps, like more inclusive clinical trials and more non-white doctors, so more people could benefit from medical breakthroughs. In 2017, the county was ranked fifth for health outcomes and second for health factors. The Rankings are available at

Boone County officials said the rankings focus on various health outcomes and health factors to formulate a snapshot of a county's health. Many of these behaviors are risk factors for chronic diseases, which are attributable to 7 out of 10 deaths in Broome County, and most importantly preventable.

In health outcomes, the highest-ranking counties in descending order are Chester, Centre, Union, Montgomery, Butler, Cumberland, Bucks, Lancaster, Franklin and Adams.

The new Rankings State Reports call attention to key drivers of health, such as children in poverty. Among racial and ethnic groups in DE, rates of children in poverty range from 10 percent to 37 percent with Hispanic children faring the worst and white children faring the best.

Your zip code can be a good indicator of your health. The goal of the project is to give communities a window into their health and provide opportunities for improvement.

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