How do Northeast Florida counties rank in health outcomes and factors?

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation released their annual County Health Rankings and Northeast Florida’s counties continue to show great disparities.

The rankings — which were developed for all the counties in the nation by the RWJF and University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute — are based on a model of population health that emphasizes that many factors contribute to the health of a community.

Here is how Northeast Florida fared compared to the rest of the state:

Baker: 62 of 67 counties in Health Outcomes, 50 of 67 in Health Factors

  • Positives: Higher HS graduation rate than the state, low violent crime rate
  • Negatives: High rates of premature death, smoking, obesity, teen births, preventable hospital stays and motor vehicle deaths; less access to healthy foods

Clay: 6 of 67 counties in Health Outcomes, 15 of 67 in Health Factors

  • Positives: High HS graduation rate and college attendance, lower rate of children in poverty
  • Negatives: High rates of smoking and obesity

Duval: 46 of 67 counties in Health Outcomes, 28 of 67 in Health Factors

  • Positives: Access to primary care providers, healthy foods
  • Negatives: High incidence of low birth weight babies, low HS graduation rate, high rates of teen births, violent crimes and premature deaths

Nassau: 31 of 67 counties in Health Outcomes, 21 of 67 in Health Factors

  • Positives: Higher HS graduation rate than the state, lower incidence of low birth weight babies
  • Negatives: High rates of obesity, teen births, violent crimes and premature deaths

St. Johns: 3 of 67 counties in Health Outcomes, 1 of 67 in Health Factors

  • Positives: Lower incidence of premature death and low birth weight babies, high HS graduation rate and college attendance
  • Negatives: High rate of excessive drinking, less access to healthy foods

How did your county do?