Editorial: Attention to county's health is overlooked

March 8, 2010
Delaware County Daily News

Two health studies have garnered a great deal of attention in the last month.

First, a report from the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation ranked Delaware County as the 36th healthiest county of the 67 counties in Pennsylvania. Not an encouraging position.

Examining "health factors" and "health outcomes" in nearly every county in all 50 states, the account assessed the level of a county's overall health based on premature death rates, the number of people who self-reported being in fair or poor health, the number of days people reported being in poor physical and mental health, and the rate of low birth weight in infants.

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