ZANESVILLE, Ohio – The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin’s Population Health Institute have released their annual County Health Rankings.
Nearly every county in the U.S. is ranked within its state. Community Health Planner Amanda Goldsmith said Muskingum County was ranked 66 out of the 88 counties.
“Some positive things that we had noticed at looking at these rankings is one we noticed a really wonderful improvement in preventable hospital stays which is fantastic because we know that Genesis has been putting a lot of effort and focus into this and you can definitely tell in the numbers,” Goldsmith said.
There was also a decrease in alcohol-impaired driving deaths and an increase in high school graduates. The rankings are broken into two categories, health outcomes, and health factors.
“One the negative end is we had noticed an increase of sexually transmitted infections,” Goldsmith said.
The Health Department’s Healthier Muskingum County Network Group is available to community members to help improve health in the area. The next meeting is Thursday, April 4th from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. If you are interested in becoming a member, give the Health Department a call at (740) 454-9741.
To see the other county rankings, you can go to the county health rankings website.