Clark County’s ranking looks at the most recent health data available for factors like adult obesity (37%), low birthweight babies (9%) and flu vaccination rates (48%). But the rankings also consider a range of social factors that drive health like high school completion (89%), severe housing problems (13%) and children living in poverty (21%).
Those figures are then compared to the state and national average to determine a county’s ranking.
Marietta Orlowski, chair of the Department of Population and Public Health Sciences at Wright State University, said it is important to measure social drivers of health because they are important root causes of health outcomes and because things that get measured tend to also get resources.
For example, people can learn at the doctor’s office how to properly manage their asthma.
“But if they’re living in an environment with poor air quality and mold, doing a behavior-oriented intervention isn’t going
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