The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation collaborates with the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute to produce the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps. Scores are broken into two main categories:
- Health outcomes, defined as how long people live and how healthy they feel.
- Health factors, defined as focus areas that drive how long and well people live. Examples include: tobacco use, access to care and community safety.
The rankings aim to demonstrate the size and nature of health disparities throughout the state, according to the foundation’s report, and can show “how state and community leaders can take action to create environments where all residents have the opportunity to live their healthiest lives.”
Racine County’s overall ranking this year was No. 61 of the state’s 72 counties for health outcomes, and No. 62 for health factors. Those scores have largely been similar since 2011, the oldest available data. In some measures, however, the county showed bigger fluctuation.
Ozaukee County took the top spot in both overall rankings this year; Menominee County was ranked the lowest.