County Health Rankings: Grant County continues to improve in the County Health Rankings from ranking 89 in 2010 to 60 in 2013 and now 58 in 2014 in the state of Kentucky out of 120 counties for positive health outcomes.
The County Health Rankings show the rank of the health of nearly every county in the nation and illustrate that much of what affects health occurs outside of the doctor’s office. The Rankings help counties understand what influences how healthy residents are and how long they will live. The Rankings look at a variety of measures (health outcomes) that affect health such as the rate of people dying before age 75, high school graduation rates, unemployment, limited access to healthy foods, air and water quality, income, and rates of smoking, obesity and teen births. Based on data available from each county, the Rankings are unique in their ability to measure the overall health of each county in all 50 states on the many factors that influence health. http://www.countyhealthrankings.org
FFLAG was featured in the summer of 2013 in a KET Health Three60 segment labeled “Healthy Competition: How County Rankings are Catalyzing Change”. www.ket.org/health/healththree60
FFLAG was also featured in March 2014 in County Health Rankings & Roadmaps (CHR&R) which is a collaborative project between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute (UWPHI to spotlight places that are using the Rankings & Roadmaps to inform their efforts in the Places Campaign.
The CHR&R only highlighted three states (Kentucky, New York and North Carolina) that they think are progressive in their use of County Health Ranking information.