New report ranks Wayne County least healthy in Michigan

Wealthier suburban counties such as Montgomery and Howard were ranked as the healthiest in the state. Cattaraugus County falls below at No. 60, but its physical environmental factors rank a bit higher at No. 46. While this ranks 15th out of 72 counties, it is above the national benchmark.

The stark difference between Georgia's top and bottom counties can be seen in Forsyth County's low rate of premature deaths, and having just 12 percent uninsured and 7 percent of children living in poverty.

The report found that nationwide more people are dying prematurely and that drug overdoses and other injury deaths fueled this spike. Douglas County also continues to report a teen birth rate well below the state average.

An increase in drug overdose deaths is a key contributor to premature death in the US, along with vehicle accidents, homicides, suicides, and other injury deaths, the authors 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.

Manitowoc County ranked 50th out of 72 counties for health outcomes and 36th for health factors, according to rankings released Wednesday.




Willems Van Dijk said she hopes the reports findings on youth disconnection will help start conversations in communities about how to create opportunities for youth and young adults. This year's survey says Boone County's physical inactivity is 17 percent. Olmsted scored particularly high - 96th percentile - in "access to exercise opportunities".

Many of those measures improved in the county. Mammography screening is also considered a strength, and both standards are part of the clinical care section, in which Madison County ranks 25th out of the 92 Hoosier counties. The assessment said 11 percent of Lancaster residents in that age group fit that description, compared to 13 percent in Pennsylvania overall.

Adult smoking is 22 percent, the same as the OH percentage.

Pike County has been deemed the unhealthiest county in OH in an annual data-driven study conducted by the national Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, with several other southern OH counties, including Ross, also near the bottom of the list.

Of the 35 health and social measures that factor into the rankings, the report focuses on premature death because it puts an emphasis on deaths of young people, said Jerry Spegman, a coauthor of the report. However, violent crime her was listed at 226 incidents, compared to 290 in Ohio.

"These are Americans [who] are dying essentially in the prime of their life", said Abbey Cofsky, the deputy director of data and science at the University of Wisconsin's Population Health Institute, which collaborated on the report.

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