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Ozaukee tops County Health Rankings

Ozaukee, Kewaunee, St. Croix, Pierce and Door counties are the healthiest in Wisconsin, according to the 2013 County Health Rankings released Wednesday by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute (UWPHI) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF).

Four of the five counties in the poorest health – Menominee, Milwaukee, Marquette, Adams and Forest – are located in rural areas of central and northern Wisconsin. Milwaukee County, Wisconsin’s most urban county, is in southeastern Wisconsin. County-specific information is available on the County Health Rankings website.

Researchers assessed the level of overall health for each county by using these five measures: premature death, the percent of people who report being in fair or poor health, the number of days people report being in poor physical and poor mental health, and the rate of low birthweight infants. The rankings also examine 25 factors that influence health, including two new measures: access to dentists and drinking water safety.

The application period for the 2014 RWJF Roadmaps to Health Prize also opened Wednesday through the County Health Roadmaps program, which supports communities working to improve health. The County Health Rankings & Roadmaps program illustrates what is known about people’s health and shows what can be done to create healthier communities.

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