On Virginia county health rankings list, Petersburg still near bottom

Posted March 30, 2017

An example is LiveWell Lawrence, a coalition of about 150 people who are working to making it easier for Douglas County residents to eat healthy foods, be physically active and live tobaccofree.

"The opportunity to be healthy looks different in Houston County and in Bibb County", said Aliana Havrilla, community coach with County Health Rankings & Roadmaps, a collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.

The report released Wednesday shows Black Hawk County ranking 85th of Iowa's 99 counties in health outcomes.

Escambia's silver lining in this year's ranking may be that it bests by one the county's all time worse ranking of 59 in 2015.

Around 13 percent of Goodhue County residents report being in fair or poor health, based on age-adjusted survey responses. Across Missouri, the average is 17 percent.

Where we live matters to our health.

About 38 percent of children in Madison County live in single-parent households, which are taken into account with the ranking. These rankings are also an estimate of the future health of counties compared to others in the state.

Olmsted County ranked eighth in Health Outcomes and first in Health Factors for the fourth straight year.

But it continues to struggle with obesity and physical activity, something health officials in the city are attempting to tackle, said Tiffany Cox, community health and prevention supervisor with the Crater Health District, which includes Petersburg.

The new figures showed Shawnee County ranked 77th in quality of life, down from 61st a year ago.

Housing, as in past years, also hurt Douglas County's ranking for physical environment.

"I have said it before, but I do think that Allen County has the talent to be able to develop such a system, one that allows maximal health and productivity at the school or work desk and in our social relationships". Mower finished 78th in physical environment, 76th in health behaviors, 68th in social and economic factors, and 60th in clinical care.

The health committee also has worked with public schools and the Wyandotte Economic Development Council to help train residents for higher-paying jobs, Harding said.

Looking specifically at Florida's premature death trends from 1997 to 2014, the report shows 46 counties have seen improvements in premature death rates, while only two have seen worsening rates and the rest saw no change.

“Promoting active and healthy lifestyles is at the heart of our public health programs and quality of life initiatives, ” said Patterson.

Black Hawk County's youth disconnectedness rate is 7 percent, compared with 9 percent statewide. According to the Rankings Key Findings Report, drug overdose deaths are causing a sharp increase in premature deaths nationally due to an increase in deaths among 15- to 44-year-olds.

From 2013 through 2015, 114 people died in Carroll, a rate of 23 deaths per 100,000 people, a rate Carroll shares with Calvert, Worchester and Baltimore counties, despite differing population levels.