A new report ranks the health of Wisconsin counties.
The report from the UW Population Health Institute looked at the overall health of all 72 Wisconsin counties. Ozaukee County claimed the top spot, while Menominee County ranked last.
Dr. Patrick Remington says there are large gaps in quality statewide, with many communities continuously ranking near the bottom of the list. He says the report is intended to draw attention to the many disparities across the state.
The report does not offer solutions for how counties can improve their health ranking. However, Remington says there are many programs that have proven effective. Those include vaccination programs, clean indoor air policies, and community outreach to low-income residents.
The rankings are based on death and disease rates, along with factors such health care access and air quality.