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County ranks low for health factors, outcomes

Marlboro County fared poorly in the most recent County Health Rankings and Roadmaps report issued by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.
The 2017 report ranks Marlboro 44th out of South Carolina’s 46 counties in terms of health outcomes, and dead last  - 46th - in terms of health factors.
The purpose of the County Health Rankings and Roadmaps program is to help communities understand the things that influence healthy residents and, ideally, develop strategies to improve health, according to the website.
Health factors are broken down into four broad categories: behaviors, clinical care, social and economic factors and physical environment.
Behaviors include tobacco use, diet and exercise, alcohol and drug use, and sexual activity. Clinical care includes access to and quality of care including lack of insurance, availability of medical professionals, preventable hospital stays, diabetes monitoring and mammography screenings. Social and economic factors include education, employment, income/poverty, family and social support, crime and injury deaths. Physical environment includes air and water quality, housing and transportation.
Health outcomes are broken down into two categories: length of life and quality of life. Length of life obviously looks at premature deaths, while quality of life looks at poor physical and mental health and low birthweight babies.
In terms of health outcomes, Marlboro County is ranked 44th in 2017. Only Dillon and Marion counties were ranked lower, at 45th and 46th, respectively. 
In terms of health factors, Marlboro was 46th. Dillon was 44th and Allendale, 45th.
The entire report can be viewed at http://www.countyhealthrankings.org/

Health outcomes - 
Best to worst
Beaufort, Dorchester, York, Greenville, Charleston, Lexington, Berkeley, Edgefield, Pickens, Richland, Calhoun, Oconee, Aiken, Spartanburg, Anderson, Kershaw, Horry, Lancaster, Newberry, Saluda, Sumter, Georgetown, Abbeville, Greenwood, Clarendon, Jasper, Bamberg, McCormick, Cherokee, Laurens, Chesterfield, Hampton, Florence, Colleton, Darlington, Union, Barnwell, Fairfield, Chester, Orangeburg, Williamsburg, Allendale, Lee, Marlboro, Dillon, Marion

Health factors - 
Best to worst
Beaufort, Greenville, Charleston, York, Berkeley, Lexington, Dorchester, Richland, Pickens, Spartanburg, Oconee, Kershaw, Newberry, Lancaster, Anderson, Calhoun, Georgetown, Aiken, Greenwood, Abbeville, Edgefield, Florence, McCormick, Sumter, Saluda, Horry, Laurens, Fairfield, Union, Cherokee, Chesterfield, Bamberg, Clarendon, Darlington, Hampton, Orangeburg, Jasper, Williamsburg, Barnwell, Chester, Colleton, Lee, Marion, Dillon, Allendale, Marlboro

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