Lebanon Reporter

March 23, 2013

Boone slips a spot in health rankings

By Rod Rose
Assistant Managing Editor

Boone County — Still considered one of the healthiest places in Indiana to live, Boone County dropped one place in The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s rating of total health factors released Wednesday.

Boone was ranked second in health factors and third in health outcomes in the fourth survey conducted by the RWJ Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. Hamilton County again led Indiana in both categories; Hendricks County displaced Boone in health outcomes, and was third in health factors.

In 2012, the RWJ Foundation and the health institute ranked Boone as Indiana’s second-healthiest county in both health factors and health outcomes.

A minute up-tick in Boone’s premature death rate may have cost the county second place in health outcomes. The statistic estimated the years of potential life lost before age 75 per 100,000 population between 2008 and 2011, and counted for half of the health outcomes score.

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