CALHOUN RANKS NEAR BOTTOM IN ANNUAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

(03/19/2016)

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, in their latest 2016 rankings of health outcomes in WV's 55 counties, ranks Calhoun near the bottom at 47th.

The County Health Rankings report, now in its seventh year, is designed to provide a local snapshot of the factors that influence health and the health outcomes for people in every county in the U.S.

In WV the worst ranking went to McDowell County and the best to Jefferson County.

Regional county rankings: Wirt 7; Ritchie 23, Gilmer 30, Braxton 32, Roane 38 and Clay 44.

As in previous years, the 2016 report looks at public health across a range of factors, including smoking, obesity, binge drinking, motor vehicle accident deaths, teen births, sexually transmitted infection rates, the rate of uninsured adults and educational attainment.

It also measures health outcomes for each county, including the rate of premature deaths, low birth weight and poor physical and mental health.

Calhoun has about one-third of its children below the poverty level, according to Kids Count.


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