LOGAN – Wednesday the University of Wisconsin’s Population Health Institute in conjunction with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Centers for Disease Control released the <a href=”http://www.countyhealthrankings.org/app/utah/2013/rankings/outcomes/overall/by-rank” target=”_blank”>County Health Rankings report for the State of Utah</a> placing Cache County 2nd highest in the state overall. The County Health Rankings will allow anyone, to look at how healthy their county is and see what factors affect their health.
“We know that Utah is always near the top when it comes to quality of life and longevity of life.” said Lloyd Berentzen, Health Officer for the Bear River Health Department. “Now we know that Cache County ranks #2 in mortality data for longevity of life or life expectancy when compared to all other counties in the State of Utah. Cache Valley also ranks 3rd highest for morbidity or quality of life,” he continued. “This is only the fourth year this report has been issued and our ranking by individual category either remained the same as last year or improved, this is good news for Cache County residents.”
While rankings are an easy way to tell a story, they are not the most important part of this report. The most important part is the data behind each ranking. These rankings are based on several different factors such as quality of health care, individual behavior, education and jobs, and the environment we live in. The report utilizes morbidity and mortality data gathered through the Centers for Disease Control and individual County vital records information.
While the rankings show that some places are healthier than others, they also represent a call to action for people living in any county to make their communities healthier places to live. “Every county contributes to the overall well being of our state,” said Berentzen. “We as a local public health department are committed to continually strive to improve the health of the communities we serve.”
Box Elder County was ranked as the 9th healthiest county in Utah while Rich County was not rated. The County Health Rankings report for the State of Utah rated Morgan as the healthiest county in Utah overall.
For a complete report please visit www.brhd.org