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Wyandotte County Continues Work To Improve Residents' Health

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An annual ranking of health environments in counties throughout the nation contained depressingly familiar news for Wyandotte County this year.

The county ranked 101st in Kansas, based on data from about 40 factors, ranging from premature deaths, obesity, child poverty, housing stock and access to exercise. Four Kansas counties didn't provide data for the report. Wyandotte County has consistently ranked last or nearly last in the rankings since they began in 2010.

Leaders of a concerted push to improve the county's health are undeterred by the rankings. They say a collaborative effort between private and public officials is making slow but steady progress in advancing the county's health environment.

The rankings are compiled by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.