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New Health Ranking Shows Disparities Persist In NC

15 March 2018

The organization is looking closer at social and economic factors as indicators of health than in the last nine years, Jerome said.

The latest County Health Rankings report confirms an unfortunate status quo: Philadelphia is not only the poorest big city in the USA, but the least healthy county in Pennsylvania - again. We are working with others to build a national Culture of Health enabling everyone in America to live longer, healthier lives.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is out with its annual rankings of the health of New Jersey Counties. Low birth weight is a key measure of health and quality of life.

Nationwide, early signs of babies born at low birth weight may be on the rise after almost a decade of improvement (8.2% in 2016, a 2% increase from 2014), the organization stated. You can search for your county by clicking on the link at the side of this story, then typing in your zip code.

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"We can't be a healthy, thriving nation if we continue to leave entire communities and populations behind", said Dr. Richard Besser, president and CEO of the foundation.

Other southeastern Wisconsin counties lagged in the rankings.

Brecheisen pointed to a community health assessment undertaken last year that will be used to map out steps to improve health in the county over the next three to five years.

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Excellent clinical care, a wealth of opportunities for physical activity, and educational achievement helped the county lead the way in North Carolina, ranking 14th in the state for overall health outcomes, an 11-point gain over a year ago, and 3rd overall in health factors that predict a community's overall health moving forward. Circle size indicates relative county population.

He said VDH has mandated every health district conduct a community health assessment, followed by community health improvement plans, to drill down into that particularly area and find the gaps.

Besides addressing the supply of nutritious, affordable food to the community, he'd like to see more emphasis on issues like childhood poverty, exercise opportunities and various social and economic factors. She says African-Americans have worse health outcomes than the lowest-ranked county.

Nationwide, the report said, racial differences in birth weight are greater than county differences in birth weight.

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The county performed best in clinical care, ranking 29th, with improvements in the uninsured, and the number of dentists and mental health providers.

New Health Ranking Shows Disparities Persist In NC