County Health Rankings: A New Tool for Idaho Nurses

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In February 2010, a highly useful tool for local and state health planning and promotion was released, the County Health Rankings (2010). These rankings were developed by researchers at the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute in collaboration with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, based on a model of population health improvement in which measures of health outcomes are used to describe the current health status of the county. These health outcomes are influenced by a set of health factors. The rankings identify the healthiest and the least healthy counties within every state. The rankings represent a valuable resources for nurses in assessing and planning health promotion initiatives for their communities.

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