County near bottom of health ranking

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VERMILION COUNTY, Ill. (WCIA) — The county isn’t making the grade when it comes to health.

Vermilion County ranked fourth worst in the state in a report by the University of Wisconsin and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. It measured obesity, smoking, access to healthy foods, quality of air and water and more.

It’s an annual ranking providing a snapshot of how health is influenced by where we live and work. In Vermilion County, some of the areas being assessed are teen pregnancy, children in poverty and violent crime.

County officials say since the data is pulled from several years, they weren’t expecting much change from last year’s ranking.

“There’s some things a health department has control over, and some the department doesn’t have control over. I can’t help with the high school graduation rate, the number of people who commute to work alone, so we try to take a look at this and see where we can step in and have an impact on this and then move with that.” 

Some areas where the county is better than the state average include a lower percentage of uninsured people, excessive drinking, and also a better ratio of mental health providers. 

Champaign County ranked 41st, Macon County ranked 88th, Douglas County ranked 31st and Piatt County ranked 11th.

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