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SHOW ME THE RECORDS: County health rankings database

Monday, November 15, 2010 | 12:01 a.m. CST

You can learn a lot about your community, state and country. Open records help people keep government in check and help them better understand how government affects their lives.

Each week the Missourian will feature another open record. This week:

The records: The University of Wisconsin released a first-of-its-kind health research database for all 50 states in February 2010. The goal is to inspire better health across the country by targeting county- and state- specific data.

The fledgling database provides statistical- and research-based analysis of the health factors affecting Boone County residents, collected over various periods of time. These factors include individual behaviors or habits, clinical care, socio-economic factors and physical data.

Why you’d want them: To discover how healthy Boone County is compared to other Missouri counties and to learn more about what factors are impacting the health of Boone County residents and the county's mortality rate.

Where you get the records: The Boone County health snapshot and the Missouri overall rankings are available online.

To see the Boone County health snapshot, go to countyhealthrankings.org, type "Boone, MO" into the "By County" field on the right of the page, and hit "GO."

To see the Missouri overall rankings, go to countyhealthrankings.org and select "Missouri" in the "By State" dropdown menu on the right of the page. You will be directed to the Missouri health outcomes page. Under the "Missouri" heading in the left side panel hit "Overall Rankings."

How much it will cost: The resource is free.


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