2012 county rankings released

CADILLAC — The 2012 County Health Rankings were released on April 3, ranking counties within each state on health factors and health outcomes and demonstrating that much of what impacts an individual’s health happens outside of the doctor’s office. The rankings help counties see what they are doing well and what they need to work on.

This year the rankings include several new measures, such as how many fast food restaurants are in a county and levels of physical inactivity among residents.

The County Health Rankings are provided by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. This is the third year the rankings have been available, providing a snapshot of the community’s health on an annual basis. Each county receives two main rankings:

Health Outcomes illustrate the current health of the community and include additional factors on how long we live (mortality) and how well we live (morbidity). Health Factors focus on future health of the community and include information on health behavior, clinical care, social and economic factors, and physical environment.

Identifying health problems in the community is the first step. Locally, Lake County received a Health Outcomes rank of 78 out of 82 counties in Michigan. The Health Factors score for Lake County is 81. Rankings in 2011 for Lake County were 80 for Health Outcomes and 81 for Health Factors.

The second step is developing an action plan to address and improve the health of a community. This is the focus of County Health Roadmaps, included with the County Health Rankings.

To see all the rankings and health information for your county, go to www.countyrankings.org.

For additional local data, view the District Health Department No. 10 County Chartbooks at www.dhd10.org or contact Linda VanGills, Health Officer at (231) 902-8530 or e-mail at lvangills@dhd10.org.