Where the Lehigh Valley falls in Pa.'s healthy counties ranking

Where the Lehigh Valley falls in Pa.'s healthy counties ranking

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Institute released the Kansas rankings as part of its County Health Rankings & Roadmaps project. However, as a state, Kentucky still is ranked one of the poorest for health.

The County Health Rankings grade counties across the state, as well as at a national level, based on how healthy people are today.

Also, the county's percentage of children living in poverty has gradually declined each year from 17 percent in 2014 to 12 percent this year, and is now better than the statewide average of 14 percent.

The differences stretched beyond place and were also defined by race, especially when looking at rising low birth weights. It's influenced by many factors including housing, education and jobs. the report finds. Poverty limits opportunity and increases the chance of poor health. The North Carolina State Report reveals that in North Carolina, 22 percent of children live in poverty, compared to the US rate of 20 percent.

Population Health Institute Director Sheri Johnson says poverty rates for white children in Wisconsin counties range from 5 to 20 percent, while poverty rates for Native American children are between 11 to 44 percent.

State health experts are developing strategies focused on investing in the health of all North Carolinians. Rattay says it has been more hard to recruit Primary Care Doctors to Kent. "Our vision is a North Carolina that optimizes health and well-being for all people by effectively stewarding resources that bridge our communities and our healthcare system".

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The annual County Health Rankings measure vital health factors, including high school graduation rates, obesity, smoking, unemployment, access to healthy foods, the quality of air and water, income inequality, and teen births in almost every county in America.

According to the 2018 rankings, the five healthiest counties in Kansas, starting with most healthy, are Johnson, Wabaunsee, Riley, Nemaha and Pottawatomie.

Hardin County is one of the healthiest in Kentucky, according to recently released data.

The county is ranked 87th out of 103 counties for factors that include smoking, obesity, sexually transmitted diseases and teen birth rates. "This year's Rankings are a call to action to see how these persistent health gaps play out locally, take an honest look at their root causes, and work together to give everyone a fair shot at a healthier life".

Pitt County historically performs comparatively well in the clinical care components of the rankings - which account for numbers of primary care doctors, dentists, preventable hospital stays and mental health providers - mostly because of the presence of Vidant Medical Center and the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, Morrow said.

For more information on the rankings go to www.countyhealthrankings.org.

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