On March 29, the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute released the 2023 County Health Rankings report, which can be viewed at www.countyhealthrankings.org.
- The report highlights areas of strength and improvement, which align with priority areas of the soon-to-be-released 2023-2027 Plan for Well-Being. This plan outlines priority areas and strategies to improve the health of all people in Virginia.
- The annual rankings serve as a snapshot of how health is influenced by where we live, learn, work and play. They provide a starting point for study and change in our communities.
- Virginia continues to experience favorable trends as compared to the national average in several ranked measures, including adult smoking (14%), excessive drinking (17%), unemployment (3.9%) and children in poverty (13%).
We believe in a future where everyone has opportunities to be healthy and to thrive. Many factors impact how long and how well we live. Our data show how these factors shape community conditions, while highlighting the stark differences in health that stem from injustices and barriers to opportunity. To see how communities in the West Piedmont Health District rank, visit the links below.