NACCHO Commends Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute for 2011 County Health Rankings
Washington, D.C. (March 30, 2011) – Today's release of the 2011 County Health Rankings—the second annual set of reports to rank the overall health of counties in all 50 states—by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation provides U.S. counties with a useful tool for stimulating health improvement nationwide. The Rankings highlight the need for people and organizations from all sectors of each county—public, private, educational, non-profit, media or philanthropic—to work deliberately and collaboratively to improve the public's health through policies, programs, and services.
"The nation's local health departments are on the front lines of protecting the public's health. Unfortunately, no single agency can address all of the health issues that people in our communities face today," said Robert M. Pestronk, executive director of the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO). "The County Health Rankings are, and will continue to be, an excellent way for local health departments to engage a wider spectrum of community partners to improve the public's health in their jurisdictions. Regardless of its overall ranking, local health departments and community partners in every community can use the Rankings to identify priority areas for improvement and work together to solve them; whether they are health behaviors, like smoking and obesity, or health equity factors, like poverty and unemployment."
NACCHO commends the release of the 50 state reports, which rank counties within each state on how healthy people are and how long they live. Counties are also are ranked on key factors that affect health such as: smoking, obesity, binge drinking, access to primary care providers, rates of high school graduation, rates of violent crime, air pollution levels, unemployment rates, number of children living in poverty, and access to healthy foods.
The Rankings, available at www.countyhealthrankings.org, includes a snapshot of each county, and a color-coded map to allow users to compare each county's overall health ranking within its state.
About the National Association of County and City Health Officials
The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) represents the nation's 2,800 local governmental health departments. These city, county, metropolitan, district and tribal departments work every day to protect and promote health and well-being for all people in their communities.