How healthy is Ohio? County health rankings for USA released

Dr. Norman Sitz checks a printout before visiting a patient on Tuesday at his medical office in Pendleton

While medical care matters, the report says, housing, education and jobs also affect health.

Milwaukee County's neighboring counties are among the state's healthiest, according to the report.

Pezzino, of the Kansas Health Institute, points out the data don't account for recent initiatives in Wyandotte County, such as the construction of new walking paths and the effort to attract grocery stores that sell fresh fruit and produce. Sonoma County's graduation rates have improved since 2011, when the health ranking was first launched.

The ninth annual rankings are produced by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.

A new health rankings report has been released on how each county compares around the state and the country.

Lake County ranked dead last in the survey of 57 counties, down one spot from a year ago.

In Georgia, 23 percent of children live in poverty, compared with 20 percent nationally. In Madison, the white teen birth rate was 9 per 100,000 teenage females, while the number is almost four times as high (34) for black female teens.

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Quality of life is good in Southwest Florida.

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Forsyth County's statistics including an 11 percent uninsured rate, vs. 16 percent statewide; low rates of premature deaths, teen births and STDs; and just 7 percent of children living in poverty, vs. 23 percent statewide. They put Dodge County at #4 and Fillmore County at #8 for health outcomes in the state.

Rock County should pay attention to its percentage of children in poverty, Jerome said.

While Milwaukee County's health behaviors largely match those of the state as a whole, there were notable differences in its rates of sexually transmitted infection and teen pregnancy.

Oakman also says that the childhood poverty rate is a major factor in Washington County's ranking; there, the rate is 28 percent.

Washington County ranked fourth for its health factors and outcomes. Flagler County's ranking held steady at 14th.

Chera Sevcik, community health administrator for Martin and Faribault counties, described a similar outlook on the rankings. Guilford, Forsyth, and Cumberland counties are comparably sized by population, but vary widely in health outcomes.

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