Podcast: Recapping the 2011 County Health Rankings

Apr 7, 2011, 2:45 PM

file Bridget Booske, deputy director for the County Health Rankings

As counties continue to review their standings in the 2011 County Health Rankings reports, released last week, NewPublicHealth sat down with the project’s deputy director, Bridget Booske, Ph.D. M.H.S.A., to discuss this year’s reports.

The Rankings, a collaborative project of the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, were first released in 2010. 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 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.

Booske says important changes to the 2011 Rankings came from reactions in the field: “We listened to feedback from a lot of different people across the country."

Listen to the full interview below:

This commentary originally appeared on the RWJF New Public Health blog.