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Humboldt 48th of 56 ranked California counties in health outcomes

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[UPDATE 1/22/2013 I'll be quietly flagging comments as spam when I realize multiple identities are used by the same person.  Feel free to post as often as you like using any one identity or leaving your identity as anonymous, but let's not pretend to be groups when we're not.]

The web site countyhealthrankings.org, created by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, ranks Humboldt County 48th of 56 ranked California counties for health outcomes in 2012.  The worst five are listed as Lake, Tehama, Siskiyou, Del Norte, and (worst) Trinity.

Categories where Humboldt numbers are much higher than California as a whole include adult smoking (Humboldt: 21%, California: 14%), motor vehicle death rate, and single parenthood.   Humboldt is much lower than California overall in categories including teen pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, and preventable hospital stays.

Humboldt’s natural environment is ranked much more healthy than that of California as a whole.

http://www.countyhealthrankings.org/app/california/2012/humboldt/county/1/overall

  1. Anonymous
    January 20, 2013 at 11:15 am

    this is pretty much a demographics of the wealth of the countries. The poorest and least industrial are going to score low. Kind of like a third world county, not a liberal utopia.

  2. January 20, 2013 at 11:18 am

    Or, maybe third world countries are liberal utopias?

  3. Mitch
    January 20, 2013 at 11:30 am

    #1,

    I’m sure wealth and income play substantial roles in the health rankings.

    Still, Yolo comes in 7th on the health ranking and 27th on the per-capita income ranking, Humboldt is 48th on the health ranking and 34th on the per-capita income ranking. And I suspect our major industry is not counted as income-generating when it comes to per-capita income, so I really doubt per-capita income here is less than in Yolo. Some attribute Yolo’s high health ranking to UC Davis and its impact on the community. Yolo also has a 7% rate of adult smoking, compared to California’s 14% and Humboldt’s 21%.

    What I notice, being a heavy duty non-fan of our county’s health and human services management [and, NaN, a disgruntled ex-employee], is how whatever metric the study uses to show “inadequate social support,” shows Humboldt providing much better social support than Yolo. I wonder if the metric is dollars spent, as opposed to results produced.

    Here’s a listing from Bloomberg Business Week of the 40 healthiest countries; the United States is #33, blowing past Mexico and Albania and hot on the heels of the Czech Republic. By per-capita GDP, we typically come in around #8, after countries like Singapore, Switzerland, and tiny but wealthy Arab states. Singapore’s also #1 on the healthy list, and Switzerland’s pretty high. My guess for the reason the US scores relatively low is its high income inequality compared with other nations. (Oh, before someone else chimes in, the real reason the US scores low must be the failure of Obamacare.)

    HEALTHIEST COUNTRIES 1 to 40
    Rank Country Health Grade Total Health Score Health Risk Penalty
    1 Singapore 89.45% 92.52% 3.07%
    2 Italy 89.07 94.61 5.54
    3 Australia 88.33 93.19 4.86
    4 Switzerland 88.29 93.47 5.17
    5 Japan 86.83 91.08 4.25
    6 Israel 85.97 91.97 6.00
    7 Spain 84.36 91.26 6.90
    8 Netherlands 84.09 88.40 4.31
    9 Sweden 83.90 89.37 5.47
    10 Germany 83.58 88.81 5.23
    11 Cyprus 83.29 88.87 5.57
    12 Austria 83.10 89.12 6.02
    13 France 82.99 88.66 5.68
    14 Canada 82.46 88.60 6.14
    15 New Zealand 81.79 87.87 6.08
    16 Greece 81.63 86.40 4.77
    17 Hong Kong 81.41 86.10 4.69
    18 Norway 80.53 86.53 6.01
    19 Ireland 79.91 86.48 6.57
    20 Belgium 77.48 82.88 5.40
    21 United Kingdom 76.84 82.82 5.98
    22 Finland 76.69 82.12 5.43
    23 Portugal 75.15 81.72 6.57
    24 Costa Rica 74.01 79.39 5.38
    25 Slovenia 73.02 80.29 7.27
    26 Denmark 72.55 78.30 5.75
    27 Chile 72.46 79.34 6.87
    28 Cuba 72.11 77.26 5.16
    29 South Korea 71.27 76.08 4.81
    30 United Arab Emirates 70.34 77.31 6.97
    31 Kuwait 69.44 75.93 6.48
    32 Czech Republic 66.96 73.49 6.53
    33 United States 66.84 72.96 6.12
    34 Bosnia and Herzegovina 64.99 72.27 7.27
    35 Bahrain 64.32 70.54 6.23
    36 Croatia 63.69 69.91 6.22
    37 Mexico 62.40 69.03 6.63
    38 Albania 61.18 66.94 5.76
    39 Panama 60.87 67.02 6.15
    40 Poland 60.71 67.13 6.42HEALTHIEST COUNTRIES 41 – 90
    Rank Country Health Grade Total Health Score Health Risk Penalty
    41 Uruguay 60.52 66.96

  4. jr
    January 20, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    Mitch: It is interesting that Humboldt’s two neighboring counties are next to last (Del Norte) and last (Trinity).

  5. Mitch
    January 20, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    jr,

    Yes it is. Any conclusions?

  6. The New Great Anonymous
    January 20, 2013 at 7:55 pm

    I suspect the large number of wandering vagrants in our town skews the statistics at least a little.

  7. Dan
    January 21, 2013 at 12:29 am

    Deafened by Silence
    According to the May, 2005 JAMA, compared to the other industrialized nations, the US has the highest health care costs and the worst outcomes, the highest incidence of every major disease, the shortest lifespans, and the highest infant mortality rates.
    That was before the economy collapsed….

    Wow, “that was before the economy collapsed….”
    We are cooked.

  8. HUUFC
    January 21, 2013 at 11:10 am

    The United States has significant problems, the unsustainable debt and deficits are at the root of the problem. Obamacare should be called somebodyelsepaycare because that’s what it is. The new occupant of the oval office said in his inauguration that he’s not going to do anything to reform entitlements and by inference will do nothing to rein in out of control federal spending. $20 trillion in debt collapse of the dollar here we come.

  9. January 21, 2013 at 11:34 am

    KM @ #8 (Deafened By Silence),

    You can have a guest post, too. Help spread the word and solve our problems. Just put 500 words or less up at Quick Notes (your choice of pseudonym) and put “My Guest Post” at the beginning.

  10. High Finance
    January 21, 2013 at 11:42 am

    The deep dirty little secret is that Obamacare cannot work.

    The real cost of the government health care is going to cost over $400 per month. The tax people will suffer if they don’t have it (Yes Obama calls it a penalty but the US Supreme Court declared it a tax) will be somewhere between $60 – $200 per month.

    People will simply pay the tax and not buy the insurance. Why not? If they get sick they can buy the insurance then because they cannot be denied for pre existing condidtions. This is a tax on the poor and it will add hundreds of billions of dollars to our already overwhelming deficit.

  11. January 21, 2013 at 11:45 am

    Guest post, HiFi? See #12 above.

  12. Anonymous
    January 21, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    Hi Fi’s “secret” comes from a syndicated George Will column in yesterday’s (or the day or two before?) Times Standard.
    I hope he can do better than parrot a columnist if he makes a Guest Post. Or perhaps that’s all he’s good at : ditto ditto ditto in the echo chamber.

  13. High Finance
    January 21, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    Better than parrotting a fool like you have done or are you an original fool ?

    George Will merely parrotted the facts. Why Mitch ? The only responses seem to come from idiots like #15 who attack but offer nothing in exchange. No thought, no facts and no intelligent discussion or debate.

  14. Dan
    January 21, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    Any nations healthcare system will fail if-
    1) not universal
    2) not single-payer

  15. Mitch
    January 21, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    “Why Mitch ?”

    Five hundred words isn’t a lot, but it’s enough that you have to have something to say beyond just echoing the bumper sticker of one side or another. Plus you get to experience the bittersweet thrill of hearing what the Herald community has to say in response to your extended wit and wisdom.

  16. Dan
    January 23, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    Was KM’s Deafened by silence post accidentally removed?
    Seems odd, maybe it can reappear.

  17. Mitch
    January 23, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    Dan,

    All recent posts from IP 75.101.88.69 have been and will be removed. See the top of this post for details.

    If someone from that IP address wishes to post under a single identity, they should say so in a post and that identity will be left alone.

  18. Dan
    January 23, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    Mitch, sounds fair enough.
    Thanks.

  19. Anonymous
    January 23, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    All our budget problems are easily fixed by raising the income cap to pay for “entitlement” programs, treating all income like wages, closing loophole/shelters, investing in our future and setting tax rates at whatever level is required to raise adequate revenues, reverse wealth consolidation and restore to the working classes their fair share of the profit from their labor.

  20. Anonymous
    January 23, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    Mitch
    January 23, 2013 at 12:16 pm | #17 Quote
    “Dan,
    All recent posts from IP 75.101.88.69 have been and will be removed. See the top of this post for details.
    If someone from that IP address wishes to post under a single identity, they should say so in a post and that identity will be left alone.”

    TRANSLATION:

    Dis Bloggen ist Meinen und zee old “Heraldo” rules ist kaput!

    Und ther ist no need to posten arbitrary rule changes under zee “comment” tab (above), othervize, I vood not be able to zingle-out IP75.101.88.69!

    I VILL BE VATCHING YOU MR. IP75.101.88.69!

    So that Megalomaniac Mich can unwind his shorts, I will post as “anonymous” from now on.

    I have been to the mountain top (old Heraldo) and seen the promised-land where all posters can be measured by the content of their civil comments and not the color of their moniker. Human beings have the right to chose their identity, to change it as often as desired, the same is true for our beliefs, sexual identity, and a host of other rights.

    “Liberal” indeed.

  21. High Finance
    January 24, 2013 at 11:22 am

    Anonymous :
    All our budget problems are easily fixed by raising the income cap to pay for “entitlement” programs, treating all income like wages, closing loophole/shelters, investing in our future and setting tax rates at whatever level is required to raise adequate revenues, reverse wealth consolidation and restore to the working classes their fair share of the profit from their labor.

    Translation. I want your money, give it to me!

    In the old days that was known as robbery and you would be called a thief. Today you are just called a liberal.

  22. President Camacho
    January 24, 2013 at 11:34 am

    “Entitlements” are for the people creating wealth, like Bank bailouts. Not for the 47% of dependent Americans. The 47% just blow money on drugs and alcohol. Wealthy people buy real estate and industry. The Bailout trickles down.

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