When Los Alamos County ranked No. 1 昨年, Scott said a giving community that takes health and safety seriously contributes to what makes the county so healthy overall.
That has included pandemic-related donations, volunteer mask-making, up-to-date communication between health officials and citizens on safety precautions, and the public’s compliance with the county’s layered public health response. Census responses, あまりにも, have helped county officials identify needs and priorities, Scott said.
Colorado counties Gilpin, Teller, Pitkin, Summit and Park earned the top five spots of the environment ranking, which considered factors like air quality, drinking water safety, amount of land area covered by trees, and how many people lived within a half mile of a park.
我ら. News and the University of Missouri Center for Applied Research and Engagement Systems based the rankings on how nearly 3,000 US communities scored on 84 health and health-related metrics placed within 10 カテゴリ: community vitality, equity, 経済, 教育, 環境, food and nutrition, population health, ハウジング, public safety and infrastructure. For each metric, the researchers scaled the values for each community relative to the average for that metric.
A community’s public health past affects its present
Most data used to establish the rankings predated the pandemic, but some tools did highlight counties’ Covid-19 case and vaccination rates. Kauai County, ハワイ, 例えば, had the lowest case rate, と 444 のための家 100,000 residents between the start of the pandemic and May 31, 2021. And four of the top 10 communities had full vaccination rates that were higher than the national rate of 41.4% as of June 4, レポートによると.
逆に, vaccine hesitancy was associated with poorer health scores: None of the 10 most hesitant counties landed in the top 100 healthiest communities — but six of the 10 least hesitant counties placed in the 100 healthiest communities.
“What I learned in talking to health care and public health experts is that … the type of public health infrastructure and trust in public health that you need to have for a pandemic is something you start building, not at the time of the pandemic, だが 10 years earlier,” said Alex Matthews, a data editor at U.S. ニュース & World Report.
“Many of the counties that have
, お気に入り, really high vaccination rates also scored well on our food nutrition category
. And those two things don’t seem related
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, adding that in some communities
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“What ends up happening is, years down the line when the public health authorities come to you and say, 「ねえ, we need you to wear masks’ or ‘Hey, we need you to get this shot,’ you think to yourself, '上手, もちろん. These people are invested in my health; they’ve been investing in it every day. So I’m going to listen to them, and I’m going to trust them.'”
The top community for mental health
Counties in Hawaii took the top three spots in the mental health category, with Honolulu County ranking No. 1.
Honolulu has “coordinated systems that focus on making sure they’re keeping track of” and responding to residents who are experiencing mental illness, homelessness and other crises, Matthews said.
Community measures of “physical health and well-being can also impact mental health because they can limit or support the way individuals are able to move through their day and interact with their community,” Susan L. Polan, the associate executive director of public affairs and advocacy at the American Public Health Association, 以前にCNNに語った. Polan wasn’t involved in the study. レポートで, poor mental health was associated with higher rates of poverty, inadequate physical activity, heart disease, diabetes and lower life expectancy.
我ら. News produces the rankings to inform community health officials of best policies and practices for productive, healthy lives, レポートによると.
When scoping out potential homes, people should assess whether the area is “is a cohesive community with easy access to healthy food, safe places to play and walk, good schools, diverse residents and leaderships, affordable housing, public transportation and a full range of other services,” Polan said. Local governments interested in investing in communities and economically sound, locally involved businesses are other good signs of healthy residential areas, 彼女は付け加えた.
The Healthiest Communities project results from support from the Aetna Foundation, a health philanthropy organization; CVS Health; and the University of Missouri Center for Applied Research and Engagement Systems, a research institution for community health. Researchers based the rankings on data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Census Bureau and Environmental Protection Agency.