Jun 13, 2013, 4:43 PM, Posted by Joe Marx
Let’s say you’re moving your family to a new community. Could be a job opportunity or life change. When it comes to health, should you be thinking about the quality of hospital care for your kids? Or, whether the community you’re going to is a healthy place for kids to grow up and thrive?
Well, both matter, but until recently, the things that lead to better health—and perhaps keep kids from going to the hospital in the first place—have received less attention. But we are beginning to see a dynamic shift from emphasis on sick care to prevention and wellness. A good example is this week’s US News & World Report ranking of “America’s 50 Healthiest Counties for Kids”. These are the folks who give us report cards on colleges, hospitals and best places to retire. Released as part of their “Best Children’s Hospitals” annual report, the article emphasizes important factors that lead to better health, or not, in the places where we live and raise our families. Things like how many kids are living in poverty, teen birth rates, infant deaths and injuries.