Annual county health rankings will be released Wednesday

The national County Health Rankings for 2011 will be released Wednesday, March 30. The rankings give a snapshot view of every county in the nation by examining factors such as rates of obesity, smoking, uninsured adults and various diseases.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation will host a live teleconference that day to brief news media about the data. Speakers will include James Marks, senior vice president and director of the Health Group at the RWJF; project director Patrick Remington, associate dean for public health at the University of Wisconsin; and Joe Reardon, mayor of Kansas City, Kan.
The conference will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. EDT. For free registration, click here. To view the County Health Rankings for 2010, click here. The rankings are used to produce a county-by-county Health Outcomes Map for each state. Here is Kentucky’s for last year; for an interactive version, which enables county-by-county information, click anywhere on the map.

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