April 29, 2022
A new report from the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation evaluates the health of all 67 Pennsylvania counties and thousands of others across the U.S.
Released this week, the annual report considers the factors that influence health (smoking, access to care, education, housing, etc.) and key outcome measures (premature death, quality of life metrics, and low-birthweight births) for all U.S. counties.
The report includes data from the first year of the pandemic and policies that may help improve community health. It also features new measures this year related to income, education, and family and social support, highlighting how economic disparities along gender and racial lines still challenge the nation’s health.
“As we recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and the layered crises of racism and economic exclusion, we can work to ensure that individuals, households, and communities can meet their essential needs with dignity and pursue opportunities for health,” the report notes.
Among the notable findings at the state and national level:
HAP and Pennsylvania’s hospitals are dedicated to improving the health of our local communities. Learn more about HAP’s population health efforts.
The national report, as well as Pennsylvania’s county-by-county snapshot, is available online. Interactive data from the report is also available.
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