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County Health Rankings & Roadmaps

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With funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute is ranking the health of nearly every county in all 50 states.The County Health Rankings help counties understand what influences how healthy residents are and how long they will live. The Rankings look at a variety of measures that affect health such as the rate of people dying before age 75, high school graduation rates, access to healthier foods, air pollution levels, income, and rates of smoking, obesity and teen births. The Rankings, based on the latest data publicly available for each county, are unique in their ability to measure the overall health of each county in all 50 states on the multiple factors that influence health.  The County Health Roadmaps help communities bring people together from all walks of life to look at the many factors that influence health, focus on strategies that we know work, learn from other communities so we don’t have to reinvent the wheel, and make changes that will have a lasting impact on health. To do this, the project includes grants to coalitions across the U.S. to improve the health of people in their communities; grants to national organizations to mobilize local leaders and affiliates to improve health; the RWJF Roadmaps to Health Prize to recognize communities whose promising efforts will likely lead to better health; and guides, tools, and consultation to help improve people’s health.

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