Health and well-being in Mingo County: where we stand now

31 Mar

Yesterday was publication day for an important and interesting study on health and well-being in America that’s published each year. It’s the County Health Rankings report.

The Rankings provide 50 state reports, ranking each county within the 50 states according to its health outcomes and the multiple health factors that determine a county’s health. Each county receives a summary rank for its health outcomes and health factors and also for the four different types of health factors: health behaviors, clinical care, social and economic factors, and the physical environment.

So how did we do?  The Mingo County page is here.

There are 55 counties in West Virginia.  Mingo County has an overall ranking of 54th out of 55 for health and well-being in the state.  We come in at 54th for health outcomes and 53rd for health factors.  Particularly distressing is the ranking of 55 out of 55 for “morbidity,” which basically means “quality of life,” especially measuring occurances of disease, disorders, and illness. 

We’re ranked 50th for health behaviors, 55th for availability of clinical care, 48th for social-economic factors that affect health, and 26th for quality of physical environment. 

The work we do here at Christian Help has a lot to do with addressing this frustrating state of things.  Certainly, anything we can do to help provide adequate food, clothing, dental care, and financial help for utilities and life’s other basic needs for people who struggle to provide these things for themselves has a positive impact on health.

More specifically, Christian Help’s transit program makes a significant contribution to the health of low-income people in this county.  Every single weekday, we’re busy getting folks to doctor’s appointments, hospitals, pharmacies, and drug stores.  Many of them would have no other way to access these resources without the free transportation we offer.  They tell us that frequently.

These frustrating health statistics provide even more incentive to keep doing what we’re doing, so that we can help the people we serve avoid being among these numbers.  Thank you for helping us do that.

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