Health rankings place St. Johns top in Florida; Union, Putnam at bottom

Health rankings place St. Johns top in Florida; Union, Putnam at bottom

Loudoun County ranks healthiest in Virginia, according to the ninth annual County Health Rankings, released today by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.

Health factors, a measure of a county's health behaviors, clinical care, socioeconomic factors and physical environment, show more scattershot county results.

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. Taken together, the county is nowhere near where it should be in keeping people healthy, said Dr. Deborah McMahan, Allen County health commissioner. Livingston County ranked 54th.

From last to first, here is a quick snapshot of each county's health profile.

According to the report 23 percent of children in Ingham County are living in poverty.

However, the more populous Tarrant and Dallas counties appear much farther down in the 2018 rankings. Teen birth rates have been declining across community types and racial groups for more than a decade, with most recent data showing a U.S. rate of 27 per 1,000 females, ages 15-19. Racine was No. 61 and 62 for health outcomes and factors, respectively, while Kenosha came in at No. 59 and 66.

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The Buncombe County Family Justice Center (FJC) is an example of a community partnership that has been instrumental in The Rankings. County health departments, parent-teacher organizations, hospitals, health care providers and nonprofits are just some of the groups that can benefit from data and resources.

The worst ranked county was Robeson, coming in at 100.

The foundation has four main recommendations: increased early childhood education investment; increase or supplement income for low-income households; expand health insurance coverage and access to health services; and enhance support of community collaborative social initiatives. They work to find ways to provide fresh food to locals, or promote healthier living.

McLean County has a 29 percent adult obesity rate which is higher than the state average.

For almost a decade, the County Health Rankings, released today, March 14th, have shown that where we live makes a difference in how well and how long we live. 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.

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