Robert Wood Johnson Foundation — For the ninth year, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute have released a report that shows how nearly every county in the United States is doing and what gaps persist. Some of the factors looked at include smoking, alcohol and drug use, obesity, and high school graduation rates in income inequality. The group’s Matt Trujillo says rural counties still struggle more than urban counties to provide equal opportunities. He notes that in 2016, the unemployment rate for adults in the bottom-performing counties was seven-point-five percent, compared with three-point-two percent for adults in the top-performing counties.
When it comes to education, the report shows that one out of every five youths in bottom-performing counties does not graduate from high school in four years. And that figure climbs to one in four for American Indian, Alaskan Native, black, and Hispanic youth. Trujillo says those numbers often dovetail with child poverty, which is still higher than before the recent recession. But Trujillo adds that since the data collection began nine years ago, some communities have successfully employed strategies to close the opportunity gap…
Another worrisome data point shows that after nearly a decade of improvement, there are early signs that the percentage of babies born at low birthweight may be on the rise – often considered a key measure of health and quality of life.
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation — Top 10 County Health Rankings for Nebraska
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