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Los Alamos County Tops State Health Rankings

on April 3, 2012 - 1:10pm

Los Alamos County tops the list in county health rankings for New Mexico, according to the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps program, a collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.

The County Health Rankings measure the health of nearly all counties in the nation and rank them within states.

The Rankings are compiled using county-level measures from a variety of national and state data sources.

New Mexico counties ranked one to 10:

  • Los Alamos
  • Sandoval
  • Santa Fe
  • Dona Ana
  • Lincoln
  • Union
  • Roosevelt
  • Otero
  • Bernalillo
  • Curry

Albuquerque’s Rio Arriba County is ranked 32 of the 33 counties in the state.

The Rankings are based on a model of population health that emphasizes the many factors that, if improved, can help make communities healthier places to live, learn, work and play.

The measures in this study are standardized and combined using scientifically-informed weights:

Health Outcomes:

  • Mortality (length of life) 50 Percent
  • Morbidity (quality of life) 50 Percent

Health behaviors (30 Percent)

  • Tobacco use
  • Diet & exercise
  • Alcohol use
  • Sexual activity

Clinical care (20 Percent)

  • Access to care
  • Quality of care

Social and economic factors (40 Percent)

  • Education
  • Employment
  • Income
  • Family & social support
  • Community safety

Physical environment (10 Percent)

  • Environmental quality
  • Built environment

Source: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation/University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute