Marcha 23, 2018

Wisconsin County Health Rankings Released: Sheboygan Ranks #26 In The State

15 Marcha 2018, 12:54 | Martinez Canez

Dr. Norman Sitz checks a patient’s medical record while working in his office Tuesday in Pendleton. Buy this

Dr. Norman Sitz checks a patient’s medical record while working in his office Tuesday in Pendleton

Elsewhere in the region, Chesterfield County ranked 30th, Henrico County 33rd and Hanover County 16th.

LDCHD has, however, identified inequity in economic categories, many of which came up as concerns in last year's Community Health Assessment.

"It is very concerning that our community hasn't progressed more", Mayor Allen Joines said.

Robert W. Hicks, the Virginia Department of Health's deputy commissioner for community health services, said the rankings are beneficial in informing not only the health districts but the communities at large.

The rankings, which can be viewed here, use more than 30 measurable factors to rank the overall health of communities nationwide.

"We definitely look at this and see what areas we need to try harder on improvements", she said.

Health outcomes include premature deaths, which in Allen rose from an estimated 7,200 per 100,000 residents previous year to 7,500 per 100,000.

In the overall rankings on health factors, Clark County ranked even lower at No. 12. Since then, Forsyth has ranged from 22nd in 2011 to 43rd in 2016.

The assessment is divided into two fields: health outcomes and health factors.

Since at least 2015, the report has ranked St. Johns County, which includes St. Augustine, St. Augustine Beach and Ponte Vedra Beach, as the healthiest county.

Boone County officials said the rankings focus on various health outcomes and health factors to formulate a snapshot of a county's health. The Southern Nevada Health District presented findings for Clark County at a community event Wednesday along with representatives from the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health and State Senator Pat Spearman. This year the rankings took a detailed look into race and ethnicity, and childhood poverty as it relates to health equity and health outcomes.

Allen County ranks 47th in health outcomes, which measures how long people live and how healthy people feel while alive.

That's compared to 20 percent in Jackson County, 16 percent in Eaton County and 10 percent of Clinton County kids are living below the poverty level.

"Any area where we see opportunities we've identified that does exist and have been working to meet the needs", Slater said.

The results show 14% of Sheboygan County is in poor or fair health, 15% of adults smoke, 29% of county residents are obese.

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