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March 16, 2016

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  • Elizabeth Beasley
    540-908-9158
    Thomas Jefferson Health District
    Sr. Health Promotions Consultant

2016 County Health Rankings Show Where Albemarle County Does Well

(Charlottesville, Va.) —Within the Thomas Jefferson Health District, Albemarle County ranks fourth in Virginia, according to the seventh annual County Health Rankings, released today by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute (UWPHI).

The Rankings are an easy-to-use snapshot comparing the health of nearly every county in the nation. Improving community health in Virginia requires teamwork and partnership in addition to the availability of local-level data. According to the 2016 Rankings, the five healthiest localities in Virginia, starting with most healthy, are Loudoun County, followed by Fairfax County, Arlington County, Albemarle County, and York County. The five localities in the poorest health, starting with least healthy, are Emporia City, Petersburg City, Danville City, Bristol City, and Martinsville City.

“It takes a collective and collaborative effort to address the factors that influence our community’s health,” said Dr. Bonds. “In Planning District 10, we have several programs, initiatives and work group collaborations aimed at improving a variety of health factors – from improving disparities in infant mortality and overall pregnancy outcomes to addressing access to mental health, tobacco use and obesity. Our district is fortunate to have many engaged stakeholders that are committed to improving our overall health.

The Rankings align with Virginia’s Plan for Well-Being, Virginia’s state health improvement plan. The plan lays out the foundation for giving everyone a chance to live a healthy life. “By working across all sectors in the community, we can focus on strategies that most affect health: creating healthy, connected communities, investing in Virginia’s children, promoting a culture of prevention and building a system of health care. This requires us to factor health into policy decisions related to education, employment, housing, transportation, public safety, and economic development,” says Lilian Peake, MD, MPH, Deputy Commissioner for Population Health.

The County Health Rankings & Roadmaps program offers data, tools, and resources to help communities throughout their journey to build a Culture of Health. www.countyhealthrankings.org.


Last Updated: 03-22-2016

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