A new report recently released by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute has found Dubois County as the 8th Healthiest County in the State Of Indiana.
The 2016 County Health Rankings are a collection of 50 reports that reflect the overall health of counties in every state across the country. Annually, counties receive a snapshot of how healthy their residents are by comparing their overall health and the factors that influence their health with other counties in their state. This allows communities to see county-to-county where they are doing well and where they need to improve.
In a news release Donna Oeding with the Dubois County Health Department notes that
health happens where people live, learn, work and play. She says the report is important because it helps identify factors that are affecting residents and understand how people compare to other counties in the state.
She says the county’s high ranking in this report helps identify areas where success has been made and where more needs to be done.
The health outcomes ranking is based on measures of mortality and morbidity. The mortality rank, representing length of life, is based on a measure of premature death: the years of potential life lost prior to age 75. The morbidity rank is based on measures that represent health-related quality of life and birth outcomes.
The online report can be found at www.countyhealthrankings.org.