Where the Lehigh Valley falls in Pa.'s healthy counties ranking

Laverne Higgins
March 16, 2018

On Monday April 9, the Shawnee County Health Department is hosting an annual breakdown of the rankings with a panel discussion at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library from 11:45 a.m.to 1:45 p.m.

"Lack of opportunity, such as education, jobs, and affordable housing, disproportionately affects people of color across the nation and within Pennsylvania", the Pennsylvania state press release finds. Such issues as alcohol-related auto crashes, especially in Hamilton County, contribute to this ranking, health officials said. Poverty limits opportunity and increases the chance of poor health.

Conversely, quality of life in Pitt County - individuals, who are in poor or fair health, who experience a certain number of poor physical and mental health days as well as low-weight births - showed very little change, ranking 76th in 2017 and 77th in 2018. Children in poverty are less likely to have access to well-resourced and quality schools and have fewer chances to be prepared for living wage jobs.

"Is it healthy for us to have more convenient stores and liquor stores in a community than places for people to get food?"

"What we look at are what the various factors are that influence health", said Matt Trujillo, Program Officer at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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In Leon County, the Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) is created to address specific opportunities for improved health that have been identified by the community.

According to the 2018 rankings, the five healthiest counties in North Carolina, starting with most healthy, are Wake County, followed by Orange County, Camden County, Union County, and Mecklenburg County.

"The time is now to address long-standing challenges like child poverty", said Julie Willems Van Dijk, director of County Health Rankings & Roadmaps.

Large portions of northeast Kansas are among the top quarter of counties in the health measures, while much of southeast Kansas is in the bottom quarter. Previous year the county ranked fifty-sixth. The Institute leads the work on the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps and the RWJF Culture of Health Prize.

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