“It’s hard to lead a healthy life if you don’t live in a healthy community,” said Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, M.D., M.B.A. president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation . It sure is hard. Personally, I plan to live for a long, happy time and want an environment that supports this intent.
The County Health Rankings, now in their second year, show us that where we live matters to our health. The health of a community depends on many different factors – ranging from individual health behaviors, education and jobs, to quality of health care, to the environment. This collection of 50 reports – one per state – helps community leaders see that where we live, learn, work, and play influences how healthy we are and how long we live.
This is not a dry, data wonky website. It is a vibrant interactive space with stories about what counties around the country have done to improve health.
It offers action steps about how to get people involved.
How healthy is your county? How healthy could it be?
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is collaborating with the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute to develop these Rankings for each state’s counties.