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The County Health Rankings show that where we live matters to health. This year, the rankings report brings new analyses that show meaningful health gaps persist not only by place, but also among racial and ethnic groups.

The 2018 County Health Rankings report was released this month by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.

The report explores the size and nature of health differences by place and race/ethnicity in each state and details how state and community leaders can take action to create environments where all residents have the opportunity to live their healthiest lives.

The report looks at vital health factors – including high school graduation rates, obesity, smoking, unemployment, access to healthy foods, the quality of air and water, income inequality, and teen births – in nearly every county in the United States.

Specifically, this report will help draw attention to:

1. What health equity is and why it matters
2. Differences in health outcomes within the state by place and racial/ethnic groups
3. Differences in health factors within the state by place and racial/ethnic groups
4. What communities can do to create opportunity and health for all

Access the County Health Rankings site and search for state or county-specific information to learn more.