Thursday, 27 April, 2017

How healthy is Sedgwick County compared to the rest of Kansas?

Drug Overdose Is Leading Cause of Premature Death How healthy is Sedgwick County compared to the rest of Kansas?
Arthur Frazier | 30 March, 2017, 01:56

Olmsted County ranked eighth in Health Outcomes and first in Health Factors for the fourth straight year. Albany County ranks relatively well in all those aforementioned categories, yet its outcome rank was #28.

The slide comes despite Mayor Lenny Curry's vow at a rally last April to to make Duval the top-ranked county. According to the study, Tolland county has a low percentage of adult smokers as well as a low perfentage of adults living in fair health.

Among the factors used to determine overall county health were poverty, education, transportation, housing and jobs in the rankings which have been released annually for the past eight years.

While drug overdoses contributed to the early death rate among 15- to 24-year-olds, almost three times as many people in that age group die because of vehicle crashes and firearm-related homicides or suicides. Douglas County also continues to report a teen birth rate well below the state average.

Because of the spike between 2014 and 2015, drug overdose is the leading cause of death. "The rankings allow local leaders to clearly see and prioritize the challenges they face - whether it's rising premature death rates or the growing drug overdose epidemic - so they can bring community leaders and residents together to find solutions".

Its premature death rate has similarly improved, but the city has also seen an increase in sexually transmitted infections.

Miami-Dade and Broward fall way short of being among the healthiest counties in Florida, but they're still in the top one-third of all counties statewide in terms of length and quality of life, according to rankings released Wednesday by two national research groups.

Willems Van Dijk said she hopes the reports findings on youth disconnection will help start conversations in communities about how to create opportunities for youth and young adults.

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Todd Baeten tells reporters a police officer was one of the people shot, but did not reveal the extent of the victims' conditions. Dozens of police vehicles were parked Thursday in front of the apartment complex, which was ringed by yellow crime-scene tape.

Adult obesity is 36 percent here, compared to 31 percent in OH, and physical inactivity is 33 percent, compared to 25 percent in the state.

-Eau Claire has improved in measures related to clinical care. Eau Clair (sic) County has a number of initiatives underway to expand health opportunities for residents. For mental health professionals, the ratio was one provider per 820 residents, compared to one per 630 residents across Ohio. This is in the top 10 percentile of the United States.

The report also shows that one-in-five New Mexicans, or 20 percent, report their health as fair or poor, compared with a USA median of 16 percent, according to the 2017 County Health Rankings and Roadmaps. For example, 20 percent of adults in Bibb County smoke, versus 16 percent in Jones and Monroe counties.

The study listed 59 teen births in 2012-14, compared to an average of 32 in OH 32.

But the rankings still have value, he said, in demonstrating that health is affected by social, economical and environmental factors within a community.

The county health department reviews the rankings but does not use them for planning purposes, a change made a year ago after the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation tweaked its methodology.

In those suburban counties nationally, she said premature deaths due to drug overdoses have jumped from the lowest rate to the highest rate in the past decade.

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