This chapter, in Volume XV of To Improve Health and Health Care, explores a new and important source of data, the County Health Rankings.
Irene Wielawski, a veteran health care journalist, examines the way in which the rankings are used, especially through the County Health Roadmaps, to encourage local policies that improve the community’s health. In a sense, the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps merge the Foundation’s long-standing interest in good data with its newer interest in activities to improve the health of entire populations and communities. And, as Wielawski observes, the County Health Rankings have, in fact, spurred action to improve population health at the local level—either directly through interventions that encourage better health or indirectly through job creation and economic development.
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