Sullivan County came in at number nine for the healthiest of New Hampshire’s 10 counties, only leading Coos County at number ten. The findings are in the eighth annual County Health Rankings released by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.
The 2017 Rankings reinforce the five public health priorities identified in the Network’s Community Health Improvement Plan:
- Increasing access to care, with a focus on dental and mental health;
- Impacting substance misuse by implementing evidence-based prevention programs and facilitating the development of a robust regional substance use continuum of care;
- Improving healthy eating and active living with an initial goal to reduce adult and childhood obesity;
- Supporting healthy families with an initial focus on decreasing the number of teen births, increasing elder care and child care, and overall improvement in the social determinants of health; and
- Preparing for public health emergencies, including planning and exercising to quickly distribute medications to residents