Health of Harrison County residents is looking better than the past

Health of Harrison County residents is looking better than the past

Florida's healthiest top five counties are: St. John's, Collier, Sarasota, Seminole and Martin.

Carver County ranked first in health outcomes and second in health factors, according to details of an annual health report.

In health outcomes, Travis County from ninth overall in 2016 to fifth this year.

The Rankings show the county is improving and faring better than the state when it comes to physical activity and adult smoking rates.

While doing better, Chippewa County trails way behind neighbor Taylor County which finished fourth best in the state. The number of Kansas counties participating rose to 102 this year compared to 101 last year. Jackson County, which includes the core of Kansas City, Mo., came in 61st out of 115 counties.

The rankings within the state were largely unaffected over time by an opioid epidemic that has fueled a dramatic uptick in premature deaths nationwide among 15- to 44 year-olds. The reported number of days on which the participants felt poor physically or mentally in the past 30 days was about the same as the state average.

"We have programs to improve the quality of life, but it's a complicated challenge", she said.

About 38 percent of children in Madison County live in single-parent households, which are taken into account with the ranking.

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The County Health Ranking began measuring two new factors this year: deaths due to drug overdoses and youth disconnectedness.

Bibb County ranked 142 out of all 159 counties in Georgia for health outcomes, while Houston County ranked 27; Jones County, 28; Monroe County, 51 and Peach County, 101, according to the rankings. For 2017, it is 10th on health outcomes and ninth on health factors.

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

For example, Pezzino said, Douglas County continues to score well in health behaviors, ranking ninth out of the 102 ranked Kansas counties.

Marion County ranked 80th in the rankings for social and economic factors, with high school graduation rates, college attendance and children in poverty all trailing state averages.

From 2014 to 2015, 85 percent of the increase in premature deaths could be attributed to an increase in deaths among these younger populations, the report found. Los Alamos County has the lowest rate of 3,300 years lost.

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. But New Mexico girls 15 to 19 gave birth at a rate of 51 per 100,000 - a rate significantly higher than the USA rate of 38 per 100,000 girls in that age group. Premature deaths connected to drug overdoses were highest among whites and Native Americans in 2015 in the U.S. The assessment identified issues with substance abuse and addiction, tobacco use, nutrition, mental health support and primary care as key health issues for Ross County, with high lung cancer rates held up as a critical concern.

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