Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Ranking Health by County | Gooznews

by GoozNews

The Robert Wood Foundation has created a useful tool for health researchers: a ranking of counties across the country for health status, access to care, and quality of care. Not surprisingly:

People who live in healthier counties tend to have higher education levels, are more likely to be employed, have access to more health care providers, and have more access to healthier foods, parks and recreational facilities.

In addition, the Rankings show sharp health disparities even in counties located right next to each other. For example, someone living in Chester County, Pennsylvania, which ranked highest in the state for overall health, has a better shot at staying healthy than a resident of nearby Delaware County, which ranked 36th out of 67 and has higher rates of smoking, adult obesity and violent crime, and higher numbers of children living in poverty.

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