Exploring County-Level Health Data
Visit http://www.countyhealthrankings.org/, a database of county-level data provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.
Before Beginning the Write-Up:
1. On the homepage of the website, select “Explore Health Rankings,” then “Overview” from the drop-down menu.
2. Scroll down to the section titled “Compare Counties.” Select a state county that is familiar to you (e.g., a county that you have lived in or spent a significant amount of time in).
3. Take some time to familiarize yourself with the layout of the website and the health-related reports on the website.
a. At the state level, what information is provided in the “Overview,” “Rankings,” and “Measures” tabs?
b. After selecting a county from the state map, what measures of “Health Outcomes” and “Health Factors” are available to you?
c. Note that if you click on a particular Health Outcome or Health Factor, you will get a description of how the outcome or factor was defined and measured.
1. Introduce the county that you chose and briefly explain why you are interested in this county.
2. Report your county’s overall ranking for “Health Outcomes” (these are bolded numbers beside the list of counties on the left-hand panel under the “Rankings” tab). You need to know how many counties are in your state to know how your county compares. Are rankings of health factors within your county similar or different from one another? What particular health outcomes or health factors stand out?
3. Next, look at the items listed under “Social
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