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Healthiest Counties List - Best & Worst for Health in US

Feb 17, 2010

A new report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin's Population Health Institute compares health with a county-by-county in depth study across the US.
Healthiest Counties List - Best & Worst for Health in US.
Healthiest Counties List - Best & Worst for Health in US.

"County Health Rankings: Mobilizing Action Toward Community Health," is a health report card for almost every one of the nation's more than 3,000 counties, reports USA Today.

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They have more here including the list of best and worst and a map that includes results for each of the state's five top counties for health and the individual state's bottom five counties for health. So, exactly what is "health" according to this particular study?

The report ranks each county in two ways: "Health Outcomes" and "Health Factors."

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"This is a complicated story about what makes a community healthy and another not so healthy," says report author Pat Remington, the associate dean for public health at the University of Wisconsin.

"The 'Health Outcomes' rank is about where they are now. The 'Health Factors' rank is about where they are going," James Marks, senior vice president and director of the foundation's health group explained.


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