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There's a movement afoot. Cities and towns big and small, counties from coast to coast and groups of passionate individuals from all over are coming together across sectors to build healthier communities. If your community is at the forefront of this movement, it's your chance to get some recognition (and funding!) for your efforts. According to the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps website:
Throughout the country, people are coming together with a shared vision, strong leadership, and commitment to making needed and lasting changes that broadly improve community vitality... The Roadmaps to Health Prize is intended to honor these successful efforts and to inspire and stimulate similar activities in communities across the country.
Learn more about the kinds of projects the prize committee is looking for in this fun video:
The 2011 County Health Rankings classified Desoto County as the healthiest county in Mississippi for health outcomes and the fifth-healthiest county for health factors, with lower unemployment rates, higher education rates and greater access to healthy food compared to the rest of the state. Yet much more work needs to be done to improve the health of Desoto County, as one-third of its adults are obese and Mississippi, overall, has the highest obesity rates in the nation.
Led by Mayor Chip Johnson, the city of Hernando, county seat of Desoto County, is now home to the largest farmers’ market in Mississippi and was designated as the Healthiest Hometown in the state in 2010 by the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation. Those are significant accomplishments, but Mayor Johnson continues to look for new opportunities to create a healthier community.
>>VIDEO: Watch a video with Mayor Johnson and others on Hernando's efforts to create a healthier community, including revamping city parks, creating community gardens, expanding sidewalks and more.
The 2012 County Health Rankings, a joint project of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, were released this morning. For the third year in a row, the reports rank the health of nearly every county in the nation and show that much of what affects health occurs outside of the doctor’s office. The County Health Rankings confirm the critical role that factors such as education, jobs, income and environment play in how healthy people are and how long they live. NewPublicHealth spoke with Patrick Remington, MD, MPH, County Health Rankings Project Director and Associate Dean at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, about this year’s release.
NewPublicHealth: What’s new for the County Health Rankings this year?
Dr. Remington: The County Health Roadmaps are new. The County Health Roadmaps project includes several efforts to build connections with local communities and national partners and leaders, including grants to coalitions across the U.S. that are working to improve the health of people in their communities; grants to national organizations to activate local leaders and affiliates to improve health; a prize program to recognize communities taking action whose promising efforts will likely lead to better health; and tools and resources to help groups working to improve the health of people in their communities.
The County Health Roadmaps is our response to the demand that has arisen by communities to help them find solutions. We were pretty good in the first two years at pointing out problems. Over the last year, we heard loud and clear that’s not good enough to just point out problems. The Roadmap is just one tool. It’s certainly not the automobile; it’s not the vacation plan. It is just a tool that communities need to use to come together and decide where they want to go and the Roadmap can tell you how to get there.
But an even better question is what is the same. We want the County Health Rankings to be an annual check-up that can be counted on by communities to provide residents with a way to compare the health of where they live to other counties in their state. Although we might add a measure or two each year, I think the most important message is that we’ve continued to use the same approach to measure and rank the health of counties.
NPH: What is that approach?
Got five minutes? Spend it viewing a recent video on walkability from Dan Burden, a reigning expert, who took NewPublic Health on a walkability audit of San Diego during the recent New Partners for Smart Growth Conference. Burden is executive director of the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute.
The video is a veritable travelogue for walking as the best possible way to get around locally. Burden discusses metrics, safety features and fixes to current streets while video scenes, including happy walkers of all shapes and sizes, flash on screen. Burden makes some pivotal points about walkability, including creating destinations for walkers, adding landscaping to enhance the enjoyment of the walk, and making changes to traffic technology such as replacing some lights with traffic circles to improve safety for drivers, walkers and bikers.
Across the globe on October 15, children and international health organizations celebrated Global Handwashing Day with educational events, school handwashing competitions – and plenty of handwashing videos. Since its inception in 2008, which was designated as the International Year of Sanitation by the United Nations General Assembly, Global Handwashing Day has been reinforcing the call for improved hygiene practices worldwide.
Handwashing with soap is among the most effective and inexpensive ways to prevent diarrheal diseases and pneumonia, which together are responsible for the majority of global child deaths. Every year, more than 3.5 million
children do not live to celebrate their fifth birthday because of diarrhea and pneumonia.
Handwashing is a serious issue, but videos from across the world aim to make handwashing fun for kids. View a sampling of videos, from silly to serious, below.
This video from the Global Public-Private Partnership for Handwashing offers a look at handwashing from Africa, Asia and Latin America.
UNICEF posted this video by Rose Akwasi, age 19, from the Solomon Islands, asking, "Do you know where those hands have been?"
In past years, UNICEF recruited the popular Australian children's music entertainers, The Wiggles, to spread the message of clean hands:
UNICEF Japan also used dance and song to show kids how to wash their hands properly, with a dance choreographed by renowned Japanese dancer Kaiji Moriyama. The dance has almost no verbal instruction, making it easy for children of any age to learn the steps for proper handwashing.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offer more resources on handwashing here.
Relative to other countries, U.S. health care is high in cost and low in quality. We spend more per person on health care than any other country, but there is still a massive divide between the high quality of care the U.S. health care system can deliver and the uneven quality it actually provides. Recently, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and TV’s Dr. Mehmet Oz partnered on Care About Your Care, a month-long effort to spark conversation on improving the quality of health care in this country.
On Thursday, September 15, national health care representatives including Carolyn Clancy, M.D., Director of the HHS Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and Farzad Mostashari, M.D., S.c.M., the HHS National Coordinator for Health Information Technology gathered in Washington, D.C. to celebrate the progress of this new quality movement. Communities nationwide joined by webcast to share some local successes in quality care:
- In Cincinnati, the Chamber of Commerce convened doctors, patients, nurses, businesses, health plans, public health, health systems to work towards better health, better care and lower costs, emphasizing the important role of employers in this process.
- In Bangor, Maine, a care management team made up of registered nurses, health coaches and social workers used health information technology to improve communication with hospitals and take measures to reduce readmission rates, as part of the Bangor Beacon Community.
- In Seattle, Washington, a physician from the University of Washington Medicine Neighborhood Clinics talked about how useful it is for providers to see data from their electronic medical records to be able to see how they’re doing. “You cannot improve what you can’t measure.” His clinic also put systems and care teams in place to improve the quality of care in diabetes management, cancer screening and more.
- One woman shared her story of a family struggle with diabetes, and her decision to participate in the Oakland County OakFit employee wellness program with a free, 8-week course on her lunch hour, leading her to lose weight and improve her health.
Hear more from Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, M.D., M.B.A., president and CEO of RWJF and TV’s Dr. Oz about the Care About Your Care initiative and community efforts to ensure consistent, quality care across the country.
Care About Your Care Video
Yesterday’s release of the 2011 County Health Rankings clearly shows that where we live matters to our health. The health of a community depends on many different factors including individual health behaviors, education, jobs, quality of health care and the environment. The comprehensive collection of 50 state reports helps community leaders see that where we live, learn, work, and play influences how healthy we are and how long we live.
CountyHealthRankings.org is the full repository of data and information about the rankings. The site includes:
Michelle Larkin, J.D., M.S., R.N., Public Health Team Director at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, introduces NewPublicHealth.Org, a new online digital destination where a wide range of health leaders can share health stories, challenges and innovations - all in real time.