Forrest County ranks 39 of 82 in 'healthiest'

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"The 2018 County Health Rankings reflect the diligent efforts of many partner organizations in advancing health in our community", stated Dr. Richard Scott, Carver County Public Health Department manager, in the release.

This year the rankings took a closer a look at excessive drinking rates among adults - the percentage that report binge drinking or heavy drinking.

The report ranked Ozaukee County at the top while Menominee and Milwaukee counties were listed at the bottom. The five counties in the poorest health, starting with least healthy, are Robeson County, Scotland County, Vance County, Edgecombe County, and Columbus County. Children in poverty are less likely to have access to well-resourced and quality schools and have fewer chances to be prepared for living wage jobs.

Eighteen percent of children in Pennsylvania live in poverty, compared to the national rate of 20 percent. Among racial and ethnic groups in MS, rates of children in poverty range from 16 percent to 51 percent with American Indian/Alaskan Native children faring the worst and white children faring the best.

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Carver County ranks first in health outcomes and health factors according to 2018 County Health Rankings report, released March 14 by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute (UWPHI). They continue to search for ways to improve community health by looking at the numbers for other comparable areas, even in other states, said Spegman, who has worked with several local counties. "One trend that we're seeing this year is that childhood poverty is a big factor that influences the health of folks".

Race and ethnicity do play a role in how healthy a county is.

Carver County Public Health supports various initiatives or programs meant to expand health equity, where all persons have the opportunities to reach their full health potential.

Johnson County is the healthiest Kansas county in this year's rankings. Proctor says. "Is it good for our county or state if people have to drive 45-50 miles in a medical emergency just to get quality care?" The Institute leads the work on the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps and the RWJF Culture of Health Prize.

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