Kenosha County 64th in healthy outcomes, says UW study

stethescope-mf-drummerboy-webThe Kenosha County Division of Health Services released the following statement regarding Wisconsin health rankings by county:

Kenosha County ranked 64th out of 72 counties in Health Outcomes and 61st in Health Factors, according to the new County Health Rankings report released today by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute (UWPHI) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The Rankings have ranked the health of Wisconsin counties annually since 2003. According to Cindy Johnson, Director/Health Officer of the Kenosha County Health Department, “The Rankings help us identify factors that directly impact the health of our residents and their ability to maintain a healthy lifestyle. The Rankings also provide a comparison to other counties in the state. With this knowledge, we can collaborate with our community partners and determine action steps which will improve the health of our The Rankings, available at, include a snapshot of each county in Wisconsin. UWPHI researchers used five measures to assess the level of overall health for each county: premature death, the percent of people who report being in fair or poor health, the number of days people report being in poor physical and poor mental health, and the rate of low birthweight infants. The Rankings also examine 25 factors that influence health, including rates of childhood poverty, rates of smoking, obesity levels, teen birth rates, access to physicians and dentists, rates of high school graduation and college attendance, access to healthy foods, levels of physical inactivity, and percentages of children living in single parent households. This year’s Rankings include two new measures: access to dentists and drinking water safety. Among the Health Factors listed in the County Health Rankings report, Kenosha County ranked 53rd in health behaviors, 58th in clinical care, 53rd in social and economic factors, and 71st for physical environment with an overall ranking of 61st in Wisconsin. According to Ms. Johnson, many of these health factors are being addressed through the Healthy People Kenosha County 2020 initiative. Healthy People Kenosha County 2020 is a 10-year effort to build a safe and healthy community. The plan works in conjunction with health goals set by the Healthiest Wisconsin 2020 plan and the national Healthy People 2020 plan and is a collaborative effort between many agencies and organizations in Kenosha County. The mission of Healthy People Kenosha County 2020 is to mobilize community resources to address and improve locally identified health priorities. According to Kenosha County Executive Jim Kreuser, “Health is everyone’s responsibility. Working together, we can make Kenosha County a healthier place to live, learn, work, and The County Health Rankings report uses data from several sources, including the National Center for Health Statistics, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The most current data is from 2013, but several sources are from 2010 and even 2009. For more information, please visit

Kenosha County ranked 66th last year.


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