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Tennessee County Health Rankings Released
Date:5/1/2008

disparities, poverty, incidences of violent crime and air quality data all assigned to each county.

In addition to the profiles, the report also ranks counties by their overall health score. The higher the score for a county, the lower that county ranks against other Tennessee counties.

Trend data over a range of years is recommended rather than a focus on a yearly change in county health ranking. This presents a challenge, as the Index is only in its second year. Therefore, TNIPH recommends that each county focus on the health profiles for specific data on health outcomes and health determinates, rather than its rank against other counties.

The report's data set is based on similar data used for the national United Health Foundation's annual public health rankings of all 50 states localized to Tennessee's communities.

The rankings were developed by TNIPH through a collaboration of the Tennessee Department of Health, the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, the Tennessee Board of Regents and the University of Tennessee. Similar public health institutes exist in 26 other states.

Through its partners, TNIPH will be a resource providing non-biased information to the state. It will also encourage the development of targeted educational programs to help build and support the public health workforce. TNIPH will develop and maintain an inventory of available researchers across the state who are capable of addressing specific Tennessee health issues.

The Rankings report and more information on TNIPH can be found at http://www.tn.gov/tniph .


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