2012 County Health Rankings & Roadmaps

2012 County Health Rankings & Roadmaps

Counties that are home to people who live longer and enjoy a better quality of life tend to have lower rates of smoking, physical inactivity, teen births, preventable hospital stays, unemployment, children living in poverty, and violent crime, as well as higher levels of education, social support, and access to primary care, the 2012 County Health Rankings finds. Published by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the site assesses overall health and life expectancy in more than three thousand counties across the country based on four elements that affect people's health: health behaviors, clinical care, social and economic factors, and physical environment. The rankings show that rates of excessive drinking are highest in northern states; those of teen births, sexually transmitted infections, and children living in poverty are highest in southern states; and unemployment rates are lowest in the Northeast, Midwest, and Central Plains. The site features an interactive map as well as Roadmaps to Health, which provides tools to help users understand the data, communicate issues to stakeholders, and take action to improve public health in their counties.

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