The County Health Rankings show the rank of the health of nearly every county in the nation and illustrate that much of what affects health occurs outside of the doctor’s office. The Rankings help counties understand what influences how healthy residents are and how long they will live. The Rankings look at a variety of measures that affect health such as the rate of people dying before age 75, high school graduation rates, unemployment, limited access to healthy foods, air and water quality, income, and rates of smoking, obesity and teen births. Based on data available for each county, the Rankings are unique in their ability to measure the overall health of each county in all 50 states on the many factors that influence health, and they have been used to garner support among government agencies, healthcare providers, community organizations, business leaders, policymakers, and the public for local health improvement initiatives.
Once you have looked at the Rankings data, review the Roadmaps section to get guidance and tools to help you work with others to make your community a healthier place to live. The idea is to focus on strategies that work, learn from other communities, mobilize local leaders, and make changes that will have a lasting impact on the community's health. Information on national partners and community grants is included. Consultation, community stories, and a project showcase are also available.