WAUSEON — County Health Rankings provide a snapshot to compare the overall health of nearly every county in the nation. The report is provided each year by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin, Population Health Institute. The rankings are based on a wide range of 35 characteristics including adult smoking, physical inactivity, number of individuals that are uninsured, high school graduation rate, drinking water violations and the number of primary care physicians to name a few.
The healthiest county in Ohio is Delaware County and the least healthy according to the rankings is Pike County. There are two categories of rankings. The first category is Health Outcomes. Length of life and quality of life are the characteristics reported in the Health Outcomes category. Fulton County ranked 26th out of the 88 Ohio Counties in Health Outcomes. The second category is Health Factors. This category has several characteristics reported relating to health behaviors, clinical care, poverty, income, education level and the physical environment including housing problems and drinking water violations. Fulton County ranked 14th out of 88 in Health Factors.
The data of the County Health Rankings report reveals that the number of Fulton County residents that are uninsured (12%) is below the state average (13%). Fulton County’s high school graduation rate of 97% is well above the state rate of 83%. Although the number of Fulton County children in poverty is low at 15% when compared to the state at 23%, the number is still too high. Your Fulton County Health Department encourages you to view the entire report at www.countyhealthrankings.org
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