Friday, April 02, 2010

Hendry - Florida's Most Unhealthy County?

Hendry #67 -Lowest In Health Ranking Of Florida Counties

LABELLE, FL. -- According to a new study by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, Hendry county is ranked dead last in health factors in the County Health Rankings, representing what influences the health of a county.

Bringing down Hendry's rank to last among Florida counties were factors of greater adult obesity, higher vehicle crash death rates, higher chlamydia rates, high teen birth rates, more uninsured adults, lower number of primary care providers, more than average preventable hospital stays, low education, high unemployment, higher numbers of children in poverty, higher violent crime rate, higher single-parent households, more air pollution, and high liquor store density.

The County Health Ratings web site provides access to 50 state reports, ranking each county within the 50 states according to its health outcomes and the multiple health factors that determine a county's health. The rankings also consider health behaviors, clinical care, social, economic and physical factors that affect health.

Each county receives a summary rank for its health outcomes and health factors and also for the four different types of health factors: health behaviors, clinical care, social and economic factors, and the physical environment. Each county can also drill down to see specific county-level data (as well as state benchmarks) for the measures upon which the rankings are based.

In Florida, the five counties with the best health outcomes were Collier, St. Johns, Seminole, Sarasota, and Martin. Madison, Washington, Levy, Putnam, and Union counties ranked the lowest in health outcomes. Hendry had a ranking about in the middle of Florida counties, of #32 in health outcomes. Outcomes ranking rates factors of premature deaths, poor mental or physical health, and low birthweights.

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