The annual County Health Rankings measure vital health factors, including high school graduation rates, obesity, smoking, unemployment, access to healthy foods, the quality of air and water, income inequality, and teen births in nearly every county in America. The annual Rankings provide a revealing snapshot of how health is influenced by where we live, learn, work and play. They provide a starting point for change in communities. That is why we also provide the Roadmaps that provide guidance and tools to understand the data, and strategies that communities can use to move into action. The Roadmaps are helping communities bring people together from all walks of life to look at the many factors that influence health, focus on strategies that we know work, learn from each other, and make changes that will have a lasting impact on health. County Health Rankings & Roadmaps’ work is based on the County Health Rankings model of health, the Take Action cycle, and the CHR&R guiding principles.
In 2013, we introduced the RWJF Roadmaps to Health Prize—now called the RWJF Culture of Health Prize, honoring communities that have placed a priority on the health of their citizens. Some of the communities are urban. Others are rural. Some are affluent. Others have high rates of poverty. But they all have one thing in common: In each of these places community leaders, individuals, business, government and educators have forged powerful partnerships to inspire people to live healthier lives. Our goal is to use this award to bring national attention to the prize winners’ strategies, and inspire other communities to follow suit.
Learn More: County Health Rankings
Since 2003, the Population Health Institute has published the Wisconsin County Health Rankings. Starting in 2010, the UW Population Health Institute began collaborating with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to produce the national, County Health Rankings, for the majority of counties in all 50 states. The Summary Report, the County Snapshots, and the detailed information formally available in the Full Report are available at www.countyhealthrankings.org.