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Dauphin, Cumberland counties at opposite ends of state health rankings

Cumberland County ranked No. 5 in the state for health outcomes as measured by length and quality of life, according to this year’s County Health Rankings report.

Dauphin County, on the other hand, came in at 51 out of the 67 counties in Pennsylvania.

The report is released annually by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.

The rankings provide a snapshot of local data showing how counties across the nation compare on more than 30 health-related factors such as education, housing, jobs, smoking and access to healthy food.

The goal is to use the data to inspire action, according to Bridget Catlin, co-director of the County Health Rankings.

“Whether it’s addressing health gaps between counties or the concentration of poverty in rural or residentially segregated communities— targeting resources to the people and places in greatest need is essential to building a culture of health,” Caitlin said. “The rankings are an important springboard for conversations on how to expand opportunity for all to be healthy.”

Read the rest of the article from the Central Penn Business Journal here.

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