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New Report Ranks Nevada Counties on Health

A new report ranks Nevada counties on health; Douglas County ranks first, Mineral County last, and Clark County ranks sixth. (DMarshall/iStockphotos)
A new report ranks Nevada counties on health; Douglas County ranks first, Mineral County last, and Clark County ranks sixth. (DMarshall/iStockphotos)
March 17, 2016

LAS VEGAS - When it comes to length and quality of life, Douglas County is first, Mineral County is last and Clark County is sixth out of 17 counties according to a study published Wednesday.

The seventh annual report, called County Health, Rankings and Roadmaps, is a collaboration between the University of Wisconsin and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Raquel Bournhonesque, a spokesperson and community coach for the researchers, says it shows that where you make your home has a profound impact on how long and how well you live.

"We are ranking communities on factors that they can do something about," she says. "So community leaders can look closely at the rankings in their county and find common ground and pinpoint actions that can improve health."

The report evaluated dozens of factors, including measures of physical health but also health behaviors, clinical care, social and economic factors, and the physical environment.

Clark County, for example, with more than 2 million people, is trending downward in a number of categories.

Bournhonesque says Clark struggles with troubling rates of unemployment, lack of insurance, sexually transmitted disease, children in poverty and obesity.

"This is going in the wrong direction," she says. "Adult obesity is trending bad. So it's something community leaders need to be paying attention to in terms of where to focus their work."

The report also looked at the state of Nevada as a whole.

It showed the Silver State ranks lower than the national median on high school graduation, violent crime and housing, but does better on one health measure in particular, holding down the number of people who end up back in the hospital for preventable reasons.

Suzanne Potter, Public News Service - NV