Where are the healthiest communities?

US News and World Report, in partnership with CVS Health, has released the fifth annual edition of the Healthiest Communities Rankings. With the growing threat of climate change, the 2022 edition includes new data on the state of the environment and is accompanied by analysis showing which types of natural disasters pose the greatest threat to various racial and ethnic populations.

For the third year in a row, Los Alamos County, New Mexico, ranked first. Falls Church, Virginia is ranked 2nd and Douglas County, Colorado is 3rd. Rounding out the top five are Morgan County, Utah, and Carver County, Minnesota, ranked 4th and 5th, respectively. Each of the three counties featured this year ranked first in the previous edition of Healthiest Communities.

[Read more: CVS Health, Unite Us launch platform to address social determinants of health]

New this year in the Environmental Ranking category, disaster data from the FEMA National Risk Index highlights the threats facing communities across the country. According to the escort US News and World Report An analysis of the index and data from the US Census Bureau showed that indigenous peoples are most at risk from natural disasters. They are at higher risk when it comes to extended periods of colder temperatures, drought, flooding of rivers and streams, and wildfires, compared to other racial and ethnic groups.

“The data behind the Healthiest Communities rankings provides a deep insight into the state of health equity in our country,” said Kim Castro, editor and content director at US News and World Report. “By studying disaster data, we can see how different demographics are affected by the risks associated with their environment.”

Along with the rankings, the Healthiest Communities project includes additional resources. For the third year in a row, county-level coronavirus data on metrics such as cases, deaths, and vaccination rates is available through the COVID-19 Data Center and Your Community. Along with demographic and disaster risk analysis, US News and World Report publishes editorials that explore the reasons for Los Alamos County’s continued success as America’s Healthiest Community, and highlights the top-performing counties in key metrics and ranking categories such as community health, public safety, education, mental health, and life expectancy. lifespan.

[Read more: CVS Health to invest $15.3M in affordable housing in San Antonio]

“We are all aware of the significant impact of social determinants on the health and well-being of individuals and our communities,” said Dr. Joni Khaldoon, Vice President and Chief Health Equity Officer at CVS Health. “The data we collect helps us determine the best way to partner with communities to develop sustainable solutions and advance health equity in a way that meets their unique needs.”

Earlier this year, CVS Health launched Health Zones, an initiative that provides concentrated local investments to reduce health inequalities and improve health equity in under-resourced communities across the country. Health Zones is a comprehensive approach to addressing six key social determinants of health: housing, education, access to food, work, transport and access to healthcare. The Health Zones initiative currently operates in five markets nationwide: Atlanta; Columbus, Ohio; Fresno, California; Hartford, Connecticut; and Phoenix, with plans to expand to other cities later this year. Working with trusted national and local partners, CVS Health serves the health needs of the community and ensures that at-risk groups have access to resources and opportunities that can help them thrive.

[Read more: CVS Health expands free health screening program in 2 states]

Below are additional key findings from the 2022 Healthiest Communities survey, including links between mental health, general well-being and social determinants of health:

  • Four of the 20 healthiest communities are in Northern Virginia: Falls Church (#2), Loudoun County (#12), Arlington County (#13), and Fairfax County (#17); as well as
  • The states with the highest average total scores in the analysis are Rhode Island, Minnesota, and Iowa, while the lowest are in Mississippi, Louisiana, and Arkansas.

[Read more: CVS Health launches CVS Health Virtual Primary Care]

Communities with lower scores in the mental health subcategory tend to have lower life expectancy, lower median household income and labor force participation, and higher levels of poverty.

Rural communities are likely to have a higher proportion of adults reporting frequent mental disorders, and urban communities are likely to have a higher proportion of Medicare recipients diagnosed with depression.

The Healthiest Communities ranking and accompanying analysis is based on assessments of approximately 3,000 communities across the country across 89 health and health-related indicators in 10 categories such as education, community health, infrastructure and the environment. This project serves as a tool to inform residents, public health leaders and elected officials about policies and best practices for improving health outcomes by evaluating which communities offer their citizens the best opportunities for productive and healthy lives.

[Read more: CVS Health, Morning Consult survey shares increasing mental health concerns amongst individuals]

To rank and create the overall Healthiest Communities project, US News and World Report in partnership with the University of Missouri Center for Enhanced Applied Research and Engagement Systems, a research institution specializing in population health assessment. Overall, the rankings are based on data from sources such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the US Census Bureau, and the US Environmental Protection Agency.

2022 Healthiest Communities – Top 10 (withuh full rating here):

  • Los Alamos County, New Mexico;
  • Falls Church, Virginia;
  • Douglas County, Colorado;
  • Morgan County, Utah;
  • Carver County, Minnesota;
  • Soo County, Iowa;
  • Ozoki County, Wisconsin;
  • Hamilton County, Indiana;
  • Broomfield County, Colorado; as well as
  • Delaware County, Ohio.

Top 5 Health Outcome Communities:

  • San Juan County, Washington;
  • Marin County, California;
  • Carver County, Minnesota;
  • Arlington County, Virginia; as well as
  • Valley County, Idaho.

Top 5 Health Access Communities:

  • Olmsted County, Minnesota;
  • Suffolk County, Massachusetts;
  • Johnson County, Iowa;
  • Montour County, Pennsylvania; as well as
  • Salem, Va.

Top 5 Mental Health Communities:

  • Fairfax County, Virginia;
  • Santa Clara County, California;
  • San Mateo County, California;
  • Honolulu County, Hawaii; as well as
  • Pitkin County, Colorado.

By them

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.