March 31, 2019
BY PAUL COLLINS
If you want to take the pulse of healthfulness for Martinsville and Henry County, you have two options: the computer readout that says we are living badly and dying young, or the diagnoses of observers who say we are doing better than we were and not as bad as the statistics might indicate.
The 2019 County Health Rankings released this week may be enough to make you sick: Of Virginia’s 133 counties and cities, Henry County ranked 97th and the city of Martinsville ranked 129th for “health outcomes,” which are defined as length of life and quality of life.
These rankings, which since 2010 have been developed by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in collaboration with the University of Wisconsin’s Population Health Institute, also measure “health factors” (behaviors, clinical care, social and economic factors and physical environment), which showed Henry County as No. 109 and Martinsville as No. 126.
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