Where you live has a significant impact on your health and quality of life. The 2022 County Health Rankings were released yesterday, April 27, 2022, after a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19. This annual report examines key factors that influence health, and it helps to shine a light on the importance of health equity within communities. In addition, the report highlights where actions can be taken in order to improve the health of community members and helps to identify any potential barriers.
The County Health Rankings are based on a community health model that emphasizes that multiple factors influence both how long and how well a person will live. There are 30 measures that are included in this model. You will find information on health outcomes, health factors, as well as information on policies and programs. Health outcomes are measured by both length and quality of life. Health factors are measured by health behaviors (tobacco use, alcohol use, drug use, diet, exercise, and sexual activity), clinical factors (access to care and quality of care), social and economic factors (education, employment, income, family support, social support, and community safety), and the physical environment (air quality, water quality, housing and transit).