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
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Every year during the old Partner Up! for Public Health campaign, we built a major part of the annual publicity effort around what we called Power Ratings that paired county health rankings produced by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation with county economic rankings generated each year by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA).
Throughout the 2010-through-2014 period for which we compiled rankings, Oconee County reigned supreme. For each of those five years, it was No. 1 in DCA’s economic rankings, which are generated by a formula that incorporates local unemployment and poverty rates along with local per capita income. And, it ranked either 2nd or 3rd in RWJ’s annual health outcomes rankings, which are based on a formula that includes premature death rates, the percent of the population reporting being in poor or fair health, number of days worked missed for reasons of physical or mental health, and low birthweight. Read more
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.