Henry County ranks 96 out of 115 when it comes to health in the State of Missouri!!! Take a minute to “click” on the 2013 County Health Rankings link below. Its interesting.
A new report released today examines the health and well-being of people living in nearly every county in the United States. The 2013 County Health Rankings rely on a robust set of data and analysis that allow counties to see what it is that is making residents sick or healthy and how they compare to other counties in the same state. Published by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, the rankings’ interactive maps and new county-level trend graphs detail changes over time for several measures, including premature death, children in poverty and unemployment. Some national trends noted in this year’s rankings include the following.
- Child poverty rates have not improved since 2000, with more than one in five children living in poverty.
- Violent crime has decreased by almost 50 percent during the past two decades.
- The counties where people don’t live as long and don’t feel as well have the highest rates of smoking, teen births and physical inactivity, as well as more preventable hospital stays.
- Teen birth rates are more than twice as high in the least healthy counties than in the healthiest counties.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute’s annual health rankings for U.S. counties are based on 25 factors that influence health, including health behaviors, social-economic factors and access to care. Among other trends, they said the counties where people don’t live as long and don’t feel as well tend to have the highest rates of smoking, teen births and physical inactivity, as well as more hospital stays for conditions that don’t usually require hospitalization if well managed. Residents living in healthier counties also are 1.4 times more likely to have access to a doctor and dentist than those in the least healthy counties, the groups said.