How healthy are we in Arizona? A new report just released by the University of Wisconsin/Robert Wood Johnson Foundation tries to answer that question by taking a county-by-county look at health factors and health outcomes in our state.
Some of Arizona’s wealthiest counties are also among the healthiest. When it comes to health outcomes, which is based on an equal weighting of length and quality of life, the top ranked counties are:
We see a couple of the same counties at or near the top of the health factors ranking, which is based on weighted scores for health behaviors, clinical care, social and economic factors, and the physical environment.
Share your thoughts on these rankings and how we can help some of our state’s lower ranked counties close the gap. For example, the smoking rates in Apache County (26%) are well above the state average (16%) and premature death in Navajo County (12,600) is almost double the state average (6,800).
Finding innovative solutions to help all Arizona counties improve both health outcomes and health factors, will go a long way toward helping us reach our goal of one day making Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation!