Health report: Cambria County ranks among worst in Pennsylvania

Long-time patient Dorys Grover gives a bag of books to Dr. Norman Sitz during a checkup on Tuesday in Pendleton

Long-time patient Dorys Grover gives a bag of books to Dr. Norman Sitz during a checkup on Tuesday in Pendleton

People who live in counties ranked among the least healthiest are almost three times more likely to die prematurely than those in the healthiest counties.

While Muskegon County ranks 75 out of 83 for overall health, there is some good news - 72 percent of women are getting their annual mammography screening.

New health rankings released today by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.

Cambria County ranked 64th overall among Pennsylvania's 67 counties, trailed only by Fulton, Fayette and Philadelphia counties.

In health outcomes, the highest-ranking counties in descending order are Chester, Centre, Union, Montgomery, Butler, Cumberland, Bucks, Lancaster, Franklin and Adams.

"What this data shows is that by addressing social determinants like housing, access to education, and employment opportunities, we lay the groundwork for better health to take root", says BCHHS Health Division Director, Jan Shepard.

We looked at how OH did in the study.

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From last to first, here is a quick snapshot of each county's health profile. The project includes maps on its websites that lets users compare counties for each measure.

Compared with past year, Petersburg has made some improvements: Its unemployment rate and the rate of children living in poverty decreased between 2015 to 2016, though both measures are still far higher than the state's average. The Southern Nevada Health District presented findings for Clark County at a community event Wednesday along with representatives from the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health and State Senator Pat Spearman.

Oakman also says that the childhood poverty rate is a major factor in Washington County's ranking; there, the rate is 28 percent. But health experts note that population health can't be turned around on a dime, and the county still lags when it comes to health behaviors and social and economic factors.

"Any area where we see opportunities we've identified that does exist and have been working to meet the needs", Slater said.

For example, 22 percent of North Carolina children live in poverty, compared with the national rate of 20 percent.

"Obesity has been one of the top 10 issues impacting our two counties at least for the last 10 years", she said.

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