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Up To The Minute: New Report on Nation’s Health Released
May 2, 2012, 10:17 am
Filed under: News

A new report featuring county-by-county health rankings has been released by the University of Wisconsin and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The rankings include measures such as overall health and how long people live as well as factors such as cigarette smoking, obesity, binge drinking and access to primary care providers. They also include indicators some people might not initially tie to health outcomes, including rates of violent crime, air pollution levels, liquor store density, unemployment rates and number of children living in poverty. A similar county-by-county health study has been released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services since 2000, but this report goes into much more depth. In putting together the County Health Rankings, researchers used five measures to assess each county’s level of overall health: the rate of people dying before age 75, percentage of people who reported being in fair or poor health, number of days people reported being in poor physical health, number of days in poor mental health and the rate of low-birthweight infants. The full County Health Rankings report is at The Community Health Status Indicators are available for review at


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