Yet again, Philadelphia has been ranked Pennsylvania's least-healthy county

Yet again, Philadelphia has been ranked Pennsylvania's least-healthy county

Leon County is responding to its rankings in the "2018 County Health Rankings & Road maps tool released by the University of Wisconsin".

Pennsylvania's top ranked county was Chester County and the last was 67 Philadelphia. Flagler County's ranking held steady at 14th. Launched in 2016, the Scranton-based initiative focuses on preventative care, behavioral health and economic growth which are all key components of the county health rankings report.

The health factors rankings are similar.

Dane County ranked 14th out of the state's 72 county's in the survey. "I'm proud that we're the first city in Texas to pass Tobacco 21", said Junda Woo, medical director of Metro Health Medical. Only Robeson County ranked lower in terms of health outcomes and its median income was only 2.2 percent higher than that of Scotland.

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Karen Moritz, Brown County public health supervisor, said while it was encouraging to see the county do well overall, elevated obesity rates remain a cause for concern. "For example, in some of the lower-performing counties in MS, the children poverty rate is very high, there's a very low median household income, and that usually correlates to access to health care in terms of providing better health outcomes in the long run". The task force, comprised of several county departments, community members and Broome County legislators met several times to collectively came up with a plan to improve the health outcomes and health factors in Broome.

"This is a big ship to turn and so what it will require is patience, and it will require having a long-term goal", Trujillo says. "So for housing and for area businesses that's a good change that we're helping with".

The YWCA's MotherLove program to support teen mothers as they finish their education and Buncombe County's Isaac Coleman and Tipping Point Investments continue to address health disparities and social determinants of health like access to fresh food, affordable housing, higher education and living wage jobs. "For example, while it's 11 percent overall, it's 53 percent of black children live in poverty". "So it's all about getting everyone involved in recognizing everyone has a role to play in improving their communities".

Dan Margolies is a senior reporter and editor for KCUR.

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