Travis County has improved its ranking on overall health (5 out of 243 reporting Texas counties) compared to all participating counties in the state for the annual County Health Rankings.
The County Health Rankings show us where we live matters to our health. The report, released by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) compares health differences on a broad range of measures among almost every county in the United States. The rankings help counties understand what influences how healthy residents are and how long they will live. To do that, a variety of measures are examined including access to healthy foods, rates of smoking, obesity and teen births.
This is the eighth year the annual rankings have been published at www.countyhealthrankings.org. Communities use the rankings to drive improvements toward health equity and provide targeted resources to the people and places in greatest need.
“Naturally, we are pleased that our overall ranking in Texas has improved,” said Shannon Jones, Director, Austin Public Health. “Our goal is to take data and move to action by addressing existing disparities.There is still an HIV epidemic and it remains a major health issue in Travis County. Many of our residents die by suicide. Unhealthy diets contribute to higher rates of cardiovascular disease and obesity and many diseases disproportionately strike people of lower social economic status.”
Ranks can improve or worsen for several reasons including gains or losses in the factors that make up the rankings, random variations in measures and changes in ranked measures or their methods.
The County Health Rankings serve as one of many tools to help build a culture of health so that everyone has the opportunity to be healthy and fulfill their human potential.
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