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Yolo ranks among America’s top 50 healthiest counties for kids

By From page A8 | June 18, 2014

U.S. News named Yolo County America’s 30th healthiest county for kids on a top-50 list dominated by Northern California.

The rankings, America’s 50 Healthiest Counties for Kids 2014-15, were developed in conjunction with the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, which evaluates health data for the annual county health rankings released by the University of Wisconsin and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation — rankings on which Yolo County generally scores very well.

For the past two years, Yolo County was named California’s fifth healthiest county in those overall rankings, trailing only Marin, Placer, Santa Clara and San Mateo counties.

The newest rankings focused on children’s health and looked at how health and environmental factors affect children under the age of 18, including factors such as infant deaths, low birthweight babies, deaths from injuries, teen births and children in poverty. The rankings also calculated the percentage of children without health insurance, air quality, access to physicians, adult smoking and obesity and more.

Thirteen California counties — all but one from Northern California — made the nation’s top 50, including overall No. 1, Marin.
San Francisco County came in sixth, followed by San Mateo County at 11, Santa Clara County at 16, Placer County at 17, Orange County at 24, Santa Cruz County at 28, Yolo County at 30, Sonoma County at 36, Napa County at 42, El Dorado County at 43, Alameda County at 45 and Contra Costa County at 47.

See the full list at http://health.usnews.com/health-news/best-childrens-hospitals/articles/2014/06/16/americas-50-healthiest-counties-for-kids.

— Reach Anne Ternus-Bellamy at [email protected] or 530-747-8051. Follow her on Twitter at @ATernusBellamy

Anne Ternus-Bellamy

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