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Forsyth County health ranking drops in national study

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.– Forsyth County’s overall health ranking has dropped making it 4th among large counties in our state.

The annual County Health Rankings and Roadmaps Report put out by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The University of Wisconsin, ranks every county in the country.  Forsyth ranked 28th overall.

The only Piedmont counties in the top 25 were Guilford and Forsyth.

“It does concern me. I wish we were better than 28, like in the top 10,” Epidemiology Director for the Forsyth County Health Department,  Ayotunde Ademoyero said.

Ademoyero says the areas of concern in Forsyth include several low economic factors, unemployment rates, high rates of sexually transmitted disease and infant mortality and large numbers of children living in poverty.

She says it can best be seen by looking at low-income areas of the county where there are more fast foods,more convenience stores, less grocery stores, less recreational facilities and more crime.

“The lower your income the poorer your health outcomes are,” she says.

Forsyth County rankings also included:

  • Health behavior: 15th in the state
  • Clinical care: 11th in the state
  • Socioeconomic factors: 44th in the state
  • Physical environment: 44th in the state

County health officials say while the ranking is not terrible, it should be eye-opening as county leaders think about funding for educational health programs.

“I think it shows it takes a whole community to be healthy,” Ademoyero said.

Davie County ranked highest overall in the Piedmont at 8th in the state.

Guilford County ranked 13th overall.

For a complete look at the report check out www.countyhealthrankings.org/north-carolina.

 

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