|Putnam County ranks 2nd healthiest in state|
|Wednesday, March 26, 2014 8:00 PM|
BY NANCY SPENCER
Putnam County was once again ranked as the second-healthiest of Ohio’s 88 counties.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, in conjunction with the University of Wisconsin has again compiled its County Health Rankings, a tool it have developed so that counties can see how their health ranks with that of other counties in the state. Ohio and county data are now on the County Health Rankings website countyhealthrankings.org. These rankings have been released annually since 2010.
Each year, the Health Rankings reveal rankings in Health Outcomes, which includes the length and quality of life; as well as Health Factors that take into consideration health behaviors, clinical care, social and economic factors and physical environment.
Counties were ranked according to certain criteria. Premature death rates, poor or fair health, poor physical or mental health days and low birthweight were considered as health outcomes.
Putnam County ranks 2nd highest in Health Outcomes and 9th in Health Factors.
Allen County ranks 39th highest in Health Outcomes and 66th in Health Factors. Allen County is losing ground as it was ranked 35th highest last year.
Compared to the other Ohio counties, Van Wert County is a little healthier than a year ago. The county moved from the 26th healthiest county in Ohio to the 24th healthiest. It was ranked 27th healthiest in 2012.
Allen County’s rankings are no surprise for county health officials.
“This is one measure we can use to see how we compare with other communities in Ohio and to gauge if we are addressing the real issues our residents face,” said Kathy Luhn, Health Commissioner. “There are many agencies working together to improve the physical, mental health and social well-being of the community.”
Allen ranked near the bottom in 81st place for Health Behaviors such as adult smoking, adult obesity and physical inactivity.
There will be an opportunity this fall for Allen County residents to respond to a health survey as a part of the next Allen County Health Risk and Community Needs Assessment.