Published: Thu, March 15, 2018
Medical | By Alyssa Little

Volusia slips to 44th, Flagler 14th in Florida health rankings

Volusia slips to 44th, Flagler 14th in Florida health rankings

This can be a significant indicator of future health status. Bournhonesque said the report highlights certain county public health issues that might be hidden behind seemingly positive public health measures. Access to good doctors, education level, a well-paying job, and your housing situation are all factors that could play into your health.

The differences stretched beyond place and were also defined by race. "With things like low birth weight, childhood poverty, we're seeing some of these factors that are consistent across multiple counties and across the country. And not everyone has the same opportunity to be healthy", said Ali Havrilla, a community coach with County Health Rankings & Roadmaps, which released the data. You can search for your county by clicking on the link at the side of this story, then typing in your zip code. It's the eighth year in a row that Beaufort County topped the list. The Institute leads the work on the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps and manages the RWJF Culture of Health Prize.

"We can't be a healthy, thriving nation if we continue to leave entire communities and populations behind", said Dr. Richard Besser, president and CEO of the foundation.

As for health outcomes, three counties rank in the top 10 in Texas: Denton, No. 1, Collin, No. 4 and Rockwall, No. 7.

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The Buncombe County Family Justice Center (FJC) is an example of a community partnership that has been instrumental in The Rankings. Those in poorest health are largely rural: Robeson, Scotland, Vance, Edgecombe and Columbus counties.

People who live in counties ranked among the least healthiest are almost three times more likely to die prematurely than those in the healthiest counties.

The foundation examines health outcomes, access to medical care and socioeconomic factors such as child poverty rates and single-parent households. The ratios of primary care physicians, dentists and mental health providers to the population all improved.

Madison County ranked as the second healthiest county in the state.

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Clinical care saw the greatest overall improvements in Rock County in the data provided this year.

But despite higher spending, the US has the lowest life expectancy and highest infant mortality rate than any other wealthy nations.

Karen Moritz, Brown County public health supervisor, said while it was encouraging to see the county do well overall, elevated obesity rates remain a cause for concern.

"Until we improve the social and physical environments in which all Georgians live, their income, and their educational achievement, it is unlikely that we can improve their health, " Davis said.

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