On March 16, the County Health Rankings 2016 was released. The annual report provides an important snapshot of communities by providing measures for health status and social determinants of health such obesity, unemployment, access to healthy foods, racial segregation, among others. The information shared can be used by communities to make the changes needed to improve the health of its residents. Here is some of Massachusetts highlights featured in the report:
- Nantucket County is ranked first for health outcomes while Norfolk County is ranked first for health factors.
- Hampden County was ranked last for both health factors and health outcomes.
- Massachusetts overall uninsured population is 4%. The country’s median is 17%.
- Suffolk has the highest number of children living in poverty with 32%. The county with the least is Norfolk with 7%.
This annual report is the result of a long standing collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. The County Health Rankings & Roadmaps program envisions a country were collaborative work enables everyone to live healthy lives.