Forsyth keeps top spot as Georgia's healthiest county; Gwinnett ranks No. 5

15 March, 2018, 05:56 | Author: Lynne Higgins
  • Dr. Norman Sitz checks a patient’s medical record while working in his office Tuesday in Pendleton

The 9th annual report by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute (UWPHI) compared counties in each state on more than 30 health factors.

Rankings for the entire state can be found on the organization's website.

This year, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation focused its analysis on health gaps and said nationwide data show they "persist not only by place, but also among racial and ethnic groups" and are largely the result "of differences in opportunities in the places where we live".

Rock County gained two spots in the health outcomes category from 2017 to 2018 in Rock County.

David Plyler, the chairman of the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners, said the county could remain at its current ranking in the short term because "instant success is not always prevalent". Health factors include health behaviors, clinical care, social and economic factors and physical environment. The Institute works across the full spectrum of factors that contribute to health. Jones said as things continue to improve the ranking should improve as well.

As expected, Ottawa County remains our healthiest county, coming in at number one for almost the fifth year in a row.

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In addition to rich community partnerships, Buncombe County also has a wealth of healthcare partners who are invested in caring for the whole person, helping to offset factors that may be making them less healthy. The Unified Government will focus on four broad areas, Brecheisen said: safe and affordable housing; access to medical, dental, and mental health care; violence prevention; and education and jobs.

It's time for a check up on the health of West Michigan.

"Any area where we see opportunities we've identified that does exist and have been working to meet the needs", Slater said.

While both STIs and teen births have decreased in Holmes, the county still has a higher per capita infection rate than other counties and a higher rate of teen births.

Children in poverty are less likely to have access to quality schools, and have fewer chances to be prepared for living wage jobs. "So it's all about getting everyone involved in recognizing everyone has a role to play in improving their communities". Only 9 percent of St. Johns County children live in poverty, according to the data.

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