|March 19, 2018
RWJ Foundation Releases County Health Rankings & Roadmaps Report
Maine counties showing the best health outcomes were Cumberland, York, Sagadahoc, and Knox, while those with the worst outcomes were Somerset, Piscataquis, Aroostook, and Washington. Outcomes were measured by equally weighting length and quality of life. Seventeen percent of Maine children live in poverty, with a range of 11% in the healthiest county to 30% in the least healthy.
Maine shows an overall uninsured rate of 10%, with a range by county from 8% to 16%.
One area in which Maine performs much better than the national average is teen births. The teen birth rate in Maine is 18 births per 1,000 female population, ages 15-19, compared to the U.S. rate of 27 per 1,000. Teen birth rates among Maine counties range from 10 to 29 per 1,000.
The report lists things we could do in order to improve overall health. They are:
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