Los Alamos Ranks #1 Healthiest County Again

HEALTH News:

Results of the County Health Rankings were released Wednesday and Los Alamos County ranked at the top of the list. Los Alamos has been at the top of this list since 2010.

The County Health Rankings & Roadmaps program is a collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.

We believe America can become a nation where getting healthy, staying healthy, and making sure our children grow up healthy are top priorities. We have a vision of an America where we all strive together to build a national culture of health that enables all in our diverse society to lead healthy lives, now and for generations to come.

About the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps

The annual County Health Rankings measure vital health factors, including high school graduation rates, obesity, smoking, unemployment, access to healthy foods, the quality of air and water, income, and teen births in nearly every county in America. The annual Rankings provide a revealing snapshot of how health is influenced by where we live, learn, work and play.

They provide a starting point for change in communities. That is why we also provide the Roadmaps that provide guidance and tools to understand the data, and strategies that communities can use to move from education to action. The Roadmaps are helping communities bring people together from all walks of life to look at the many factors that influence health, focus on strategies that we know work, learn from each other, and make changes that will have a lasting impact on health. 

About the RWJF Culture of Health Prize

In 2013, we introduced the RWJF Roadmaps to Health Prize—now called the RWJF Culture of Health Prize, honoring communities that have placed a priority on the health of their citizens. Some of the communities are urban. Others are rural. Some are affluent. Others have high rates of poverty.

But they all have one thing in common: In each of these places community leaders, individuals, business, government and educators have forged powerful partnerships to inspire people to live healthier lives. Our goal is to use this award to bring national attention to the prize winners’ strategies, and inspire other communities to follow suit.

1 Los Alamos (LA)
2 Sandoval (SA)
3 Lincoln (LI)
4 Guadalupe (GU)
5 Roosevelt (RS)
6 Dona Ana (DA)
7 Santa Fe (SF)
8 Bernalillo (BE)
9 Curry (CU)
10 Union (UN)
11 Otero (OT)
12 Hidalgo (HI)
13 San Juan (SJ)
14 Lea (LE)
15 Luna (LU)
16 Valencia (VA)
17 Taos (TA)
18 Mora (MO)
19 Catron (CA)
20 Chaves (CH)
21 De Baca (DB)
22 Grant (GR)
23 Eddy (ED)
24 Cibola (CI)
25 McKinley (MK)
26 Socorro (SO)
27 Torrance (TR)
28 Colfax (CO)
29 San Miguel (SM)
30 Sierra (SI)
31 Rio Arriba (RA)
32 Quay (QU)
NR Harding (HA)
Health Outcomes 13
Length of Life 21
Premature death 9,296 8,690-9,903 5,317 8,074  
Quality of Life 5
Poor or fair health 17%   15-18% 10% 17%  
Poor physical health days 4.0   3.6-4.3 2.5 3.8  
Poor mental health days 3.6   3.2-4.0 2.4 3.6  
Low birthweight 7.3%   6.9-7.7% 6.0% 8.6%  
Health Factors 27
Health Behaviors 27
Adult smoking
23%
  21-25% 14% 19%  
Adult obesity
30%
28-32% 25% 24%  
Food environment index
6.3
    8.7 6.4  
Physical inactivity 24% 22-26% 21% 20%  
Access to exercise opportunities 47%     85% 69%  
Excessive drinking 13%   11-15% 10% 14%  
Alcohol-impaired driving deaths 43%     14% 34%  
Sexually transmitted infections
679
  123 546  
Teen births
64
  61-67 20 59  
Clinical Care 28
Uninsured
27%
25-29% 11% 23%  
Primary care physicians 1,806:1     1,051:1 1,356:1  
Dentists 1,432:1     1,439:1 1,821:1  
Mental health providers 937:1     536:1 384:1  
Preventable hospital stays
68
63-73 46 53  
Diabetic screening
53%
49-56% 90% 75%  
Mammography screening
56%
51-61% 71% 56%  
Social & Economic Factors 19
High school graduation
66%
      69%  
Some college 52%   49-55% 70% 58%  
Unemployment 6.8%   4.4% 6.9%  
Children in poverty 28% 22-33% 13% 29%  
Inadequate social support 23%   21-25% 14% 21%  
Children in single-parent households 40%   35-44% 20% 39%  
Violent crime
670
  64 591  
Injury deaths
111
  103-119 49 95  
Physical Environment 31
Air pollution – particulate matter 10.1   9.5 10.0  
Drinking water violations 13%     0% 7%  
Severe housing problems
19%
  18-21% 9% 17%  
Driving alone to work
84%
  82-85% 71% 78%  
Long commute – driving alone 33%   30-35% 15% 25%  
* 90th percentile, i.e., only 10% are better.
Note: Blank values reflect unreliable or missing data
2014
2014
* 90th percentile, i.e., only 10% are better.
Note: Blank values reflect unreliable or missing data
 
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