A national health report released today carried sober news for Grays Harbor County: Comparing Washington’s 39 counties on various measures of health, the county ranked near the bottom for every category, never scoring higher than 31st.
“This new study confirms much of what we already know about our health challenges,” said county Public Health Director Joan Brewster. “Our community is faced with serious and costly health problems. We hope the new data will help focus attention on areas where we can make solid improvements. It will take community-wide investments to change these rankings, but it is worth it: If we invest in our health today, we’ll be providing better lives for ourselves and our children tomorrow.”
The County Health Rankings
report, produced by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Wisconsin Population Health Institute, is the first of its kind to compare all 3,100 counties in 50 states. The report is available online at: www.countyhealthrankings.org
. “This report shows us there are big differences in overall health across counties, due to many factors, ranging from individual behavior to quality of health care, education and jobs, access to healthy foods and quality of the air,” says Patrick Remington, MD, MPH, with the University of Wisconsin School of Public Health.