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Albemarle Ranks Fourth in the State in 2012 National Health Rankings Report

Albemarle ranks fourth among 132 Virginia jurisdictions based on health outcomes and health factors

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, in collaboration with the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, today released the results of the 2012 nation-wide County Health Rankings. These rankings show how counties within Virginia compare on many factors that influence health and provide a snapshot of residents’ health in each locality. The purpose of the County Health Rankings is to compare counties within states; the report focuses on state-specific rankings and does not provide rankings among states.  Albemarle County ranked fourth among 132 Virginia jurisdictions included in the study, with Fairfax, Arlington and Loudoun Counties in the top three spots for health outcomes.

“We realize that the health of our community depends on many factors, and we appreciate the role of our many partners including health care providers and all of those who work to provide a positive physical and socioeconomic climate for our citizens,” said County Executive Tom Foley.  “We also applaud the individual behaviors of our residents whose healthy lifestyle choices add to the positive health outcomes cited in the report.”

The County Health Rankings is based on a model of population health improvement in which health outcomes are the result of a set of health factors. Counties’ health were ranked on two sets of measures: health outcomes (length and quality of life); and health factors (health behaviors, access to and quality of clinical care, social and economic factors, and the physical environment).

To view the report for Virginia, click here

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