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A new report ranks Greene County as one of the 30 healthiest counties in the state. KSMU’s Matt Evans has the story.
New data from a first-of-its-kind survey called the “County Health Rankings Data” shows that Greene County is healthy when it comes to clinical care, but not so healthy regarding food. Greene County is ranked third out of 115 counties in the state in clinical care, which was determined by looking at the number of uninsured adults, primary care provider rates, preventable hospital stays, diabetic screenings, and hospice use. However, Greene County ranks 77th in the state in its physical environment, which includes access to healthy foods.
“This data is basically just shedding light on some of the issues that surround our community.”
That’s Katie Towns-Jeter, a spokesperson for the Springfield-Greene County Health Department. She says these rankings provide an additional source of data that will help officials know what to work on.
Even though Greene County ranked as one of the best in clinical care, Towns-Jeter says the county still has room for improvement.
“Even though we did rank high, you have to look at the perspective surrounding the issue. And we still do have 16% of our adults that are uninsured in our county. So that’s a really high number and we’re looking at ways to address that disparity.”
According to the study’s website, Greene County ranked 29th in Health Outcomes and 10th in Health Factors. Christian County faired even higher: the county came in third in health outcomes and fourth in health factors.
You can view the full report atwww.countyhealthrankings.org/missouri.
For KSMU News, I’m Matt Evans.