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County Health Rankings In; Randall County Up, Potter County Down
By Kelly James | firstname.lastname@example.org
AMARILLO -- Where you live plays a big role in your overall health.
County health rankings show quite a disparity between panhandle counties.
For instance, if you live in Randall County; chances are you'll live longer than your neighbors in Potter County.
When it comes to overall health, Randall ranks near the top in Texas while Potter is near the bottom.
But, neither of those counties are the best or worst in the panhandle.
Out of Texas' 254 counties, Hardeman County ranks the highest for our area at number 11 and Randall ranks 30th.
At the other end, Potter is 209 and Hutchinson County is at 225.
The Fifth Annual County Health Rankings were released last month by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.
They measured 29 health factors in determining the rankings including high school graduation rates, obesity, smoking, unemployment, and teen pregnancy rates among others.
Kate Konkle with the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute says Potter County fares a little better in the health factors at 198.
One alarming statistic for Potter County is the Sexually Transmitted Infections.
There were 808-cases per 100,000 residents. That's nearly twice as high the entire statewide rate.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation started the county health rankings five years ago as a conversation starter for individual counties to find a road map to a healthier future.