In the newly released 7th edition of the county by county ranking report by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Lincoln county ranked among the top 10 counties in Washington State and achieved the highest rank in the BHT region for health outcomes. Rankings were determined by evaluating two specific measures: length of life and quality of life. Lincoln county has shown significant improvement over the last three years in the following areas:
· Reduction of premature deaths from 8,000 in 2014 to 6,000 in 2016
· Overall poor physical health days from 3.8 to 3.3 days
· Improved ranking from 29th in 2014 to 8th in 2016
The average length of life within the county is determined by the rate of premature death, considered death before the age of 75. Evaluation of mental health, physical health and birth outcomes determined quality of life rankings. This is great news for Lincoln County but there is always more work to do! BHT is committed to spearheading efforts that support continued growth and improvement throughout the region through our Accountable Community of Health, Prevention First work, scaling Community Based Care Coordination, and our Navigator Network. For more information on your county’s ranking and ideas on improving the health of your community follow the link to the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps website, and check out the wide range of suggestions and ideas.