With the publication Wednesday of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s 2015 County Health Rankings, we can indeed report that, as expected, Forsyth County has slipped past perennial leader Oconee County and claimed 1st place in the 2015 Trouble in God’s Country Power Ratings. Read more
Posts tagged ‘Economic Vitality’
In the four years we’ve been talking about the relationship between health and economic vitality at a community level, the one question we’ve gotten more than any other is the chicken-and-egg question. Which comes first? Which is the driver? Does health make wealth? Or vice versa?
My answer is that the relationship between health and economic productivity is pretty clear first and foremost at a personal level. We all know we’re more productive when we’re in good health than when we’re down with a cold or the flu, let alone something more serious. We also know that when we’re sick, we inevitably have to divert some of our income to medical care.
The same thing plays out at a community level. Recently we updated an analysis of the Georgia counties that came in at the top and bottom of our 2013 Partner Up! for Public Health Power Rankings – Oconee County at the top and side-by-side South Georgia neighbors Crisp and Wilcox counties tied for last.
Now that we’ve published the Partner Up! for Public Health campaign’s 2013 Community Health & Economic Vitality Power Ratings, we’ve begun to dig into the barrels full of data that underlie those rankings. What we’re looking for is interesting or useful nuggets of information that help inform the discussion about the relationship between health and the economy at the local level.
Sometimes you spot patterns or trend lines that seem interesting, but it’s not always easy to interpret the data or explain what – if anything – it might mean. That’s the case with today’s topic. Read more