The 2019 RWJF County Health Rankings are here! Each year, County Health Rankings & Roadmaps (CHR&R)—a collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the University of Wisconsin Institute for Population Health—ranks nearly every county in the U.S on a number of vital health factors. The annual rankings serve as not only a measuring stick for assessing community wellbeing, but also a catalyst to spark conversations around how place—including both the physical and social environment—can affect health.
Beyond the rankings, County Health Rankings and Roadmaps provides practical tools and resources for communities looking to build a culture of health. Their redesigned What Works for Health tool highlights evidence-based programs and policies to aid counties in setting and reaching their health goals. The CHR&R Action Center houses comprehensive guidance regarding assessing community needs, developing strategic communication plans and evaluating current programming.
What New for 2019:
This year’s rankings highlight the inextricable link between housing and health. Across the nation, incomes have not kept pace with housing costs and many families not only struggle to acquire and maintain adequate shelter, but also face difficult trade-offs in meeting other basic needs. The 2019 rankings also offer an interactive model of community health and enhanced measure detail pages where you can explore how factors such as education and income tie into health. Additionally, you can see related policies and programs proven to be effective and access city-level data. Finally, a newly ranked measure for Flu Vaccinations and updated source data for the ranked measures of Preventable Hospitals Stays and Mammography Screening has been added within the Quality of Care measures.
Key 2019 Rankings Release Items: