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Rockingham County Again Ranks Healthiest and Coos County the Least Healthy in the State in Annual Report
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Division of Public Health Services
Publish Date:
March 16, 2016

Concord, NH – Rockingham County ranks healthiest in New Hampshire and Coos County is the least healthy county in the State, according to the seventh annual County Health Rankings, released today by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute (UWPHI). The County Health Rankings are available at www.countyhealthrankings.org.

"We appreciate these annual rankings as they help us understand the differences that exist in the health of residents across New Hampshire," said Marcella J. Bobinsky, Acting Director of the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health Services. "The rankings shed light not only on our health today, but also on how we can affect our health in the future by including social and economic determinants that have a direct impact on health. This requires considering how all public policies touch upon our health concerns. Walkable, safe communities allow us to exercise and socialize. Nutritious food and early childhood education expand the opportunities for our children and adults."

The Rankings are an easy-to-use snapshot comparing the health of nearly every county in the nation. The local-level data allow each state to see how its counties compare on more than 30 factors that influence health, including education, housing, jobs, smoking, access to healthy food, and more. According to the 2016 Rankings, after Rockingham County, Merrimack County is the next healthiest, followed by Grafton, Carroll, Hillsborough, Belknap, Cheshire, Sullivan, and Coos.

In the past year, the State's 13 regional Public Health Networks have been developing health improvement plans. These plans emphasize bringing every participating organization's strengths to bear to address common concerns in a coordinated fashion to maximize the impacts of their combined action. "It is exciting to see some of these health improvement plans include community-based efforts to address issues to support seniors to be able to stay in their homes, families' economic well being, and early childhood education, in addition to more traditional public health concerns," said Bobinsky. "These 'upstream' approaches lead to better health for individuals and communities as a whole."

The Rankings also looked at rates of premature death, obesity, child poverty, teen births, and education. To learn more about the County Health Rankings 2016 findings, go to www.countyhealthrankings.org. For more information about the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation visit www.rwjf.org. To read more about the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute visit http://uwphi.pophealth.wisc.edu. Visit the DHHS Division of Public Health Services and the Public Health Networks for more information.

 
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