The Inside Track: Research in the News
Soon you'll begin seeing news headlines about which counties in states across the nation are the healthiest according to the County Health Rankings. Here in Wisconsin, Ozaukee County takes top honors.
Now in their 10th year the rankings, released by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, examine the health and well-being of people living in nearly every county across the U.S. They show that how long and well people live depends on more than just their access to medical care.
According to Dr. Patrick Remington, professor and associate dean for public health at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, "The rankings tell us that we all have a stake in creating a healthier community and no single sector alone can tackle the health challenges in any given community.”
For those counties that don't rank particularly high, there is still some good news. Over the last 10 years, counties here in Wisconsin have made significant positive changes based on information from past rankings. Washington County, La Crosse and Menominee are just a few that have brought together community representatives to affect real change. And, you can help make positive changes in your own community by visiting the County Health Rankings & Roadmap website
to learn how you can get involved.