By: Jennifer Chubinski, in collaboration with Susan Sprigg, a public health consultant to Interact for Health
What are the County Health Rankings?
The County Health Rankings are part of an annual report that ranks the health of each county in the country. Every year the release of the rankings creates a tremendous amount of media interest about which counties are doing better or worse. When I am out in the community, I hear about a lot of groups using the rankings to measure progress on their work. While I am thrilled at the use of high quality data, I often have to caution community groups about tracking their progress based on changes in their year-to-year ranking. Please continue reading to understand why.