Study Released by U.S. News & World Report and Aetna Foundation
Elbert County ranks 24th among the top 500 of the nation’s “Healthiest Communities,” according to an analysis of health and wellness in 3,000 communities across the United States. The ranking was released by U.S. News & World Report in collaboration with the Aetna Foundation.
“We are extremely pleased to be ranked in the top 1% of healthiest communities nationwide and consider it an honor to be one of six communities in Colorado ranked in the top 25 in the county,” said Elbert County Commissioner Chris Richardson. “We recognize that the overall health of our community is influenced by many factors. The County partners with many local agencies and non-profits that further support our community’s overall health and wellbeing whenever possible.”
“Healthiest Communities” includes an interactive platform that was developed by a pioneering framework and created by a committee appointed to advise the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The project scored nearly 3,000 communities on 84 indicators across 10 categories that drive overall community health.
The broad framework of categories and subcategories are based on key factors that evaluate community health. These categories include:
- Population health
- Food and nutrition
- Public safety
- Community vitality
These categories were identified by the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics – a policy advisory board to the head of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – as part of its Measurement Framework for Community Health and Well-Being.
Each category was weighted differently, and in order to determine the weights assigned to each category, more than a dozen experts in population health and well-being participated in an online survey in which they assessed each category's relative importance to community health.
Population health and equity are the most highly weighted factors in the methodology, followed closely by education and economy. Environment and public safety, along with housing, food and nutrition were also factors. Data was gathered and analyzed by the University of Missouri Center for Applied Research and Engagement Systems (CARES).
For more information, visit the U.S. News Healthiest Communities platform.