County health rankings used to improve health efforts in communities

County health rankings used to improve health efforts in communities

Mayor Mark Holland talked about how Wyandotte County has used the county health rankings to increase efforts to address health. He spoke at a meeting sponsored by the Kansas Health Institute on Monday at Sporting Park, Kansas City, Kan. (Photo by William Crum)

by William Crum

The healthiest and not-so-healthy counties in Kansas were discussed at a Kansas Health Institute meeting Monday at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan.

Johnson County was in the top five counties in the county health rankings in the state, while Wyandotte County was 96th out of about 100 counties.

Representatives of three Kansas counties talked about how they used the health rankings information to improve health efforts in their communities.

At the meeting, Unified Government Mayor Mark Holland shared his goals on how Wyandotte County can be a healthier county. Increasing the bike trails and encouraging others to eat healthier are a few of these goals.

A panel discussion addressed methods of how to solve health problems in individual counties.

More than 250 people attended this meeting.

 

More than 250 people attended a meeting on county health rankings sponsored by the Kansas Health Institute on Monday at Sporting Park, Kansas City, Kan. (Photo by William Crum)

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