About County Health Rankings (from the County Health Rankings Website):
The County Health Rankings & Roadmaps program is a collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. We know that much of what influences our health happens outside of the doctor’s office—in our schools, workplaces and neighborhoods.
The County Health Rankings show the rank of the health of nearly every county in the nation and illustrate that much of what affects health occurs outside of the doctor’s office.
The Rankings help counties understand what influences how healthy residents are and how long they will live.
The Rankings look at a variety of measures that affect health such as the rate of people dying before age 75, high school graduation rates, unemployment, limited access to healthy foods, air and water quality, income, and rates of smoking, obesity and teen births.
Based on data available for each county, the Rankings are unique in their ability to measure the overall health of each county in all 50 states on the many factors that influence health, and they have been used to garner support among government agencies, healthcare providers, community organizations, business leaders, policymakers, and the public for local health improvement initiatives.
To visit the County Health Rankings Website and learn more about Laurel County or another county, visit the RWJF County Health Rankings Website