County Health Rankings
Where we live, learn, work and play makes a tremendous impact on how long and how well we live. Health starts in our families, our workplaces, our playgrounds and in the air we breathe and the water we drink. It's easier to live a healthy life if we live in a healthy place.
On March 20, 2013, the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute released their County Health Rankings for 2013. A snapshot of the results is below; full results can be found on the County Health Rankings website.
Health Outcomes - Washington County is 4th overall in this category, which measures overall health by death and illness rates
- Mortality - 2nd - Premature death
- Morbidity - 7th - Poor health, low birth weight
Health Factors - Washington County is 3rd overall
- Health behaviors - 4th
Includes adult smoking, adult obesity, excessive drinking, physically inactivity, motor vehicle crash death rate, sexually transmitted diseases, teen birth rate
- Clinical Care - 4th
Includes uninsured adults, ration of primary care providers to population, preventable hospital stays, diabetic screening, mammography screening
- Social & Economic Factors - 2nd
Includes high school graduation rates, college attendance, unemployment, children living in poverty, single parent households, violent crime
- Physical Environment - 25th
Includes air pollution, access to healthy foods and recreational facilities, percentage of fast food restaurants
"These rankings are important because they help us to identify factors that are making our residents unhealthy," says Kathleen O'Leary, Division Manager for Washington County Public Health. "By working with community partners, we can take steps to improve health."