Newport, NH – Sullivan County ranks ninth healthiest in New Hampshire, according to findings in the eighth annual County Health Rankings recently released by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.
“The Rankings point to areas of both strength and challenge for Sullivan County. We hope that health advocates and policy makers will examine the data closely and identify how diverse sectors like business, education, law enforcement, and faith communities can collaborate to improve community health,” said Jerry Spegman, County Health Rankings Community Coach who works with the Greater Sullivan County Public Health Network.
The Greater Sullivan County Public Health Network comprises regional partners who work together to address health factors and health outcomes. “The County Health Rankings data, tools and coaches help our region use meaningful, accessible health data to inform our public health priorities and initiatives,” said Aurora Drew, PhD, Sullivan County resident and consultant to the Network. The 2017 Rankings reinforce the five public health priorities identified in the Network’s Community Health Improvement Plan:
In 2016, the Public Health Network received Robert Wood Johnson Foundation support through a coach — Jerry Spegman — who shares the Network’s goal to move from data collection to effective action. Spegman has worked closely with the Network’s team on access to dental care, an effort led by ServiceLink in Claremont. The 2017 County Health Rankings indicate that there is one dentist for every 2,527 residents in Sullivan County, compared to 1,410 to 1 statewide.
To learn more about the County Health Rankings, go to countyhealthrankings.org. For more information about the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation visit www.rwjf.org. To read more about the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute visit http://uwphi.pophealth.wisc.edu.
The Greater Sullivan County Public Health Network is a collaborative of the county, municipalities, health and human service organizations, schools, and community groups that work together to foster a community that supports healthy lives, health equity, and wellbeing for people of all ages. Follow the Network on Twitter and Facebook at @GSCPHN.
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