Published: Thu, March 30, 2017
Medical | By Sammy Miller

Neighboring counties fare better in annual health rankings

Neighboring counties fare better in annual health rankings

The county ranked 61st in the clinical care category, which includes percent of uninsured individuals, physician, dentist and mental health provider to population ratio.

The rankings also looked at drug overdoses by race.

The county that ranked highest for health outcomes in The Register-Herald region was Greenbrier County (No. 25).

The next best county for overall health was Carteret (23rd) followed by Onslow (26th) and Craven (35th). Los Alamos County has the lowest rate of 3,300 years lost.

In McDowell County, 43 percent of youth are "disconnected".

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation collaborates with the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute to produce the annual report. Lee said the coach meets via virtual conference with members of the coalition's executive board for 90 minutes once a month.

"The environment in which we live, the physical environment and the social environment - they heavily affect how healthy a community is", Pezzino said.

"Previously, we used the county health rankings prominently in our own health assessment process, but we've really kind of backed away from doing that". There is still an HIV epidemic and it remains a major health issue in Travis County. The rankings also consider how access to clinical care, the environment and socioeconomic factors influence health. Factors contributing to the decline were a rise in alcohol-impaired driving deaths, an increase in sexually transmitted infections and an increase in violent crime.

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But the question many are now asking is when the school system notified law enforcement-if they notified them at all. Whatley told HLN on Monday: "Our focus is absolutely on getting Elizabeth back". "Your family wants you here".

"The rankings are interesting because they're rankings", said Dr. Michael Mendoza, commissioner of the Monroe County Department of Public Health.

Jackson said the entire community is involved in the ranking, from healthcare to local government to nonprofits.

"When you look at the data, a lot of deaths seem to be the result of sudden infant death syndrome", he said, "or just infants that were not sleeping properly".

One thing that might help is getting cribs to those families, according to Peters, which is something the Infant Mortality Reduction Initiative is working toward.

This is frustrating to Singer, his staff at the health department, and other health, government and law enforcement officials who have been working to get people into treatment and spread access to the life-saving opioid overdose antidote, naloxone.

Premature death has increased most among people aged 15 to 44.

Schwarz said nationwide, the latest survey shows a significant spike in premature death rates, with drug overdoses playing an important role in the increase. Petersburg has a 9 percent unemployment rate, while 43 percent of its children live in poverty, according to the County Health Rankings report. The county's number of chlamydia cases per 100,000 people rose from 384 in the 2013 report to 543 in this year's report.

Rankings are based on overall health outcomes - a weighted composite of length of life, quality of life - and overall health factors. The county is 84th, which is three spots worse than in 2016.

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