RWJF County Health Rankings & Roadmaps

Do you know where your county ranks in health outcomes? The County Health Rankings & Roadmaps (CHR&R), a collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, measures health outcomes and contributing factors such as education, employment, income and the environment, all of which contribute to the community’s health and the quality of life of its residents.

The CHR&R compares the health of all United States counties to others within its own state. How are the rankings determined? Within each state all counties have 35 measures ranked in two broad domains: health outcomes and health factors. The county health rankings model consists of length of life and quality of life. The percentages measure how much gets factored into the score. They are ranked as follows: Health behaviors (30%), clinical factors (20%), social and economic factors (40%) and physical environment (10%).

The Institute for Family Health’s Bronx Health REACH is working to improve access to nutrition, physical activity, clinical care and preventive health programs for African Americans and Hispanic Americans in the Bronx. For the past eleven years, the Bronx has been ranked the unhealthiest county in New York State, i.e. 62 out of the 62 New York State counties.

In 2014 #Not62-The Campaign for A Healthy Bronx was launched by the Bronx Borough President, the Bronx District Public Health Office, the Institute for Family Health/Bronx Health REACH, and Montefiore Health Systems, Inc. as a direct response to the ranking. The Bronx Health REACH Coalition’s Health Disparities Workgroup has led the coalition’s #Not 62 campaign efforts to disseminate the information as widely as possible in the community and to develop a true grass roots effort that engages the community to advocate for improving the factors that will improve the health ranking. The advocacy efforts have focused on proposing structural changes to elected officials and policy makers. Activities have included holding townhall meetings, holding meetings with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York City Council members along with other elected officials to discuss the need to prioritize the Bronx NYC budget and policy enactments if there is any hope of improving the bottom place health ranking of the Bronx.

The CHR&R provides valuable data. Click here to find out where your county ranks.

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