State health rankings show Rankin on top, Holmes on bottom

State health rankings show Rankin on top, Holmes on bottom

When focusing on crime, compared to each other the report takes data from 2012-2014 and shows Ingham County with the highest violent crime rate of 553 people out of 100,000.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has released their annual findings. Low birth weight is a key measure of health and quality of life.

The goal of the ranking project is to give communities a look into their own health, which could provide opportunities for improvement. You can search for your county by clicking on the link at the side of this story, then typing in your zip code.

"As usual, it demonstrates we have some serious work to do - we should be in the top ten with the talent and resources we have in Allen County", McMahan said in an email response.

The 2018 health rankings show the St. Cloud area slightly improved.

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"We know that health is influenced by many factors, and while we have made great strides, there are still gaps we must address", said State Health Commissioner Marissa J. Flagler County's ranking held steady at 14th.

Once again this year, Ozaukee County is first among the state's 72 counties in overall health, and Menominee is last.

Benton County is ranked as the healthiest county in the state in a new study. Teen birth rates are highest among counties in the Southwest and Southeast as well as parts of Appalachia, the Mississippi Delta, and the Plains regions.

"What we're ultimately talking about is the access to opportunity in these counties, which can be governed by economic opportunity that leads to health outcomes".

"We will continue to work with our community partners to achieve a caring and inclusive community where everyone can achieve their optimum well-being", Browning said.

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"We're excited that this year's County Health Rankings report is looking at health through a health equity lens", said Dr. Karyl Rattay, director, Division of Public Health (DPH).

"I bet the other counties did worse and that is why we improved because in some factors we improved and some we were actually worse", McMahan said.

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.

Compared with a year ago, Petersburg has made some improvements: Its unemployment rate and the rate of children living in poverty decreased between 2015 to 2016, though both measures are still far higher than the state's average.

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