Pierce County a top ten healthy state againFor the second straight year, Pierce County was named one of the healthiest states in Wisconsin.
By: Jason Schulte, Pierce County Herald
For the second straight year, Pierce County was named one of the healthiest states in Wisconsin.
In findings released earlier this month by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Pierce County earned top 10 rankings in both health outcomes (eighth) and health factors (fifth).
Health outcomes are determined by person’s morbidity (quality of life) and mortality (length of life). Health factors are grouped into four categories – behaviors, clinical care, social and economic conditions and physical environment.
“We are very pleased that our results are strong,” Pierce County Public Health Officer Sue Galoff said. “It shows where you live and the programs in your community make a difference in your health.”
The category Pierce did best in was social and economic, where they finished fifth. They did better than the state average in all categories especially high school graduation (95 to 86 percent); unemployment (8.3 to 6.8 percent); and children in single parent households (29 to 18 percent).