Indiana counties ranked by health

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP/WANE) — State health officials say three adjoining central Indiana counties have topped a ranking of the state’s healthiest counties for the second straight year.

Hamilton, Hendricks and Boone counties just north, west and northwest of Indianapolis are ranked as the healthiest of Indiana’s 92 counties in an annual statewide survey released Wednesday by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.

That survey assesses health outcomes based on 29 factors that influence health, including smoking, high school graduation rates and physical inactivity.

“What we want to do is motivate community leaders and citizens in each county to work together to really build a culture of health,” said Jan O’Neill, community coach for University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.

When it comes to overall health factors, Allen County ranks 37th. According to the study, smoking and obesity in the county are higher than the state average. Sexually transmitted infections and alcohol-impaired driving death rates are also high. It also took into account that fewer mammograms are being done compared to the state’s average.

In the same category, Wells County ranked 9th. There’s still some criteria the county can work on such as decreasing smoking and obesity within the county, and bringing down the rate of hospital stays.

“Those might be areas, and they’re very important areas in our models that you might want to work on as a community,” said O’Neill.

State Health Commissioner William VanNess says the “rankings demonstrate that where you live matters.”

He also says that health habits “start first in the home and are supported through neighborhoods, community coalitions, business, education and government.”

The complete Indiana County ranking from University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute:
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County Rank- Health Outcome
Hamilton 1
Hendricks 2
Boone 3
LaGrange 4
Brown 5
Dubois 6
Wells 7
Monroe 8
Whitley 9
Tippecanoe 10
Posey 11
Putnam 12
Adams 13
Porter 14
Johnson 15
Marshall 16
Spencer 17
Elkhart 18
Warren 19
Warrick 20
DeKalb 21
Steuben 22
Franklin 23
Kosciusko 24
Hancock 25
Huntington 26
Clay 27
Dearborn 28
Ripley 29
Carroll 30
Clinton 31
Harrison 32
Noble 33
Bartholomew 34
Gibson 35
White 36
Allen 37
Union 38
Parke 39
Morgan 40
Montgomery 41
Decatur 42
Ohio 43
St. Joseph 44
Fountain 45
Tipton 46
Benton 47
Jasper 48
Newton 49
Daviess 50
Owen 51
Miami 52
Fulton 53
Cass 54
Randolph 55
Jefferson 56
Shelby 57
Jay 58
Clark 59
Jackson 60
Wabash 61
Floyd 62
Perry 63
Wayne 64
Pulaski 65
Vigo 66
Pike 67
Howard 68
Rush 69
Switzerland 70
Martin 71
LaPorte 72
Vanderburgh 73
Greene 74
Washington 75
Henry 76
Lake 77
Marion 78
Madison 79
Vermillion 80
Grant 81
Knox 82
Delaware 83
Lawrence 84
Sullivan 85
Orange 86
Jennings 87
Starke 88
Crawford 89
Blackford 90
Fayette 91
Scott 92


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