It's that time of year when a research group goes through all states to examine the health and well-being of all counties in the country. Tucson News Now's Mark Stine spoke with the researchers this morning.
The rankings include a snapshot of each county in Arizona. Interactive maps and county-level trend graphs make it easy for people to compare their county to others. Rates of childhood poverty, rates of smoking, obesity levels, access to physicians and dentists, rates of high school graduation and college, access to healthy foods and levels of physical activity are among the 25 factors that influence health examined in the Rankings.
According to one of the researchers, Pima County sits right in the middle in terms of overall health compared to the other 14 counties in Arizona. To find out where your county ranks, just click on this link to the County Health Rankings.
This is the fourth year of the Rankings by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. By harnessing information from the Rankings, leaders from public health and health care, business, education, and government are coming together to create programs and policies to improve people's health. Click on this link to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to see what some communities are doing.
(Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute contributed to this article.)
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