Counties across Wisconsin have been ranked by health. In this year’s annual county health rankings released today, La Crosse County jumped four points from last year, now coming in at 15th out of 72 counties in Wisconsin. But as FOX 25/48’s Erin O’Brien explains, health experts in the Coulee Region say more still needs to be done.
La Crosse County is moving up when it comes to its health.
In the health rankings, every county is analyzed based on more than 30 different factors. For example, the report found that in La Crosse County, poverty and unemployment rates are slightly lower while the obesity and smoking rate slightly increased.
And some of the best news today, access to clinical care ranked 2nd in the state.
“It’s a measure of how many providers we have available for the population that we have, it’s a measure of the screenings that are done, diabetic screenings, mammography screenings.”
But the Health and Human Services Department and the Health Science Consortium both agree that a ranking is just that and more work still needs to be done.
And it starts in the community.
“Adults can be supportive to kids in the community, thinking about being part of your neighborhood, reaching out to your neighbor and being a community member. We lose that sometimes in our individualistic society. So we need to think about these rankings to help us reach out connect with each other, help each other make healthy choices when possible, give somebody a ride, those types of things to help be even better.”
As a whole, the state of Wisconsin is ranked 24th in the country.
In La Crosse, Erin O’Brien, FOX 25 48 News at 9.
Chippewa County ranked 24th and Eau Claire County ranked 20th healthiest county in Wisconsin.