This just in! The 2013 County Health Rankings study just released by the University of Wisconsin and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation placed Chester County at the top of a number of categories, including health factors that include health behaviors, clinical care, social and economic factors and physical environment.
The University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation compiled the study, a collection of 50 reports that reflect the overall health of counties in every state across the nation. Now in its fourth year, counties can get a snapshot of how healthy their residents are by comparing their overall health and the factors that influence their health with other counties in their state. The report is designed to allow counties to determine where they are doing well and where they need to improve.
Chester County Commissioners Chair Ryan Costello said: “This recognition demonstrates that Chester County is a community ahead of the curve. The leadership of our Health Department, the network of hospitals, healthcare providers, health clinics, and our environmental stewardship and recreational resources all point to an extraordinary conclusion, Chester County is the best living environment. Details of the 2013 County Health Rankings Report are posted on the Chester County Health Department website.
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