Ranking communities

A new report by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin’s Population Health Institute ranks the health of 3000 U.S. counties, based on objective measures of longevity and health factors. While the findings confirm earlier research showing that affluence and education level strongly influence public health outcomes, the rankings are not without some positive surprises. Several less affluent counties with active community health programs, for example, scored well above this general trend line, highlighting the importance of health promotion efforts and suggesting clear policy guidance for communities of all income and education levels. Learn more about the new report New Report Ranks U.S. Counties and see the data at County Health Rankings.

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