Philadelphia is the county with the poorest health levels
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute have released their annual County Health Rankings. In Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County stands above the rest, unfortunately not for a good reasons.
This ranking measures the level of health of every county in the nation in two ways. First of all, it analyzes health outcomes, according to data such as premature death, poor or fair health, poor physical health days, poor mental health days and low birthweight. Then, it studies what they call health factors. It includes health behaviors (adult obesity, food environment index, physical inactivity, teen births…), clinical care (uninsured, primary care physician, dentist…), social and economic factors (high school graduation, unemployment, children in poverty…) and physical environment (air pollution, drinking water violations, severe housing problems…).
The result shows Union and Montgomery counties at the top of each list, and Philadelphia at the bottom of both. However, there is one category where Philadelphia County is doing things really well: it has the best physical environment of the state.