A Starting Point for Change
For too long being healthy has been defined as simply not needing to seek medical care. But it is time to look at the bigger picture of health, and how it extends to work, family, and community life. Factors such as education, obesity, smoking, unemployment, air quality, poverty, and teen birth rates all influence health.
The County Health Rankings measures these factors and more, making it possible for communities to see the health problems they face and create local solutions to solve them. This is important information. But it is only as meaningful as the action it inspires, or the lives it can improve.
The County Health Rankings is a key starting point for change. We hope you will use your county’s ranking to help build a culture of health where it matters most to you: in your home town.