The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) has released its 2017 national County Health Rankings & Roadmaps and Marylanders are living longer, healthier lives. Compiled annually in collaboration with University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, the report is a national tool that ranks counties within states on 30 factors that impact health.
Now in its eighth year, the report helps illustrate that how long and how well people live depends on multiple factors, while also helping to lay the groundwork for health improvement efforts at state and local levels. Data is broken down into two major categories. “Health factors”, in which Harford‘s rank rose this year to within the top one-third of Maryland’s 24 local health jurisdictions, represent what influences the health of the county. The other major category called “health outcomes” sheds light on how healthy a county is. Harford’s relative statewide ranking dropped from fifth in last year’s report to ninth this year despite slight annual improvements in length of life, premature death and a number of other factors.
See how Harford County ranks HERE.