Shawnee County Drops to Bottom of Health Behavior Ranking

By Chilson, Morgan | The Topeka Capital-Journal, March 16, 2016 | Go to article overview

Shawnee County Drops to Bottom of Health Behavior Ranking


Chilson, Morgan, The Topeka Capital-Journal


Shawnee County rose in its overall health ranking against other Kansas counties in new data released Wednesday, moving from 56th to 51st, but in the category of "health behaviors," the state dropped significantly.

The health behaviors category includes factors like smoking, obesity, physical inactivity and sexually transmitted infections, and Shawnee County dropped to 91st place out of 101 participating Kansas counties from its spot at 55th last year.

The study, conducted for the past seven years by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, is designed to bring attention to a multitude of factors that go into assessing a community's overall health, said physician Gianfranco Pezzino, a senior fellow at Kansas Health Institute.

A year-to-year comparison of data may not be helpful in these kinds of rankings, Pezzino said.

"First of all, a lot of these things that we are measuring are things that do not change very rapidly over time," he said.

Mary Burnett, an associate researcher at the University of Wisconsin who works with counties to implement changes based on the data, agreed.

"I think what's important is to use the county snapshot as a way to think about and to mobilize action," she said. "It's well worth digging deeper sometimes on the data, but I think it's also important to use it mostly as a call to action."

Shawnee County has used these annual rankings and other data collected to serve as a launching point for a variety of programs, said Craig Barnes, health promotions coordinator for the Shawnee County Health Agency. Looking at annual results isn't always helpful because public health initiatives often can take longer to have an impact on the numbers.

"A three- to five-year window, that's when the data will catch up," he said.

For instance, the agency worked to start the East Topeka Farmer's Market last year to offer that neighborhood and people in the area from lower socio-economic groups greater access to healthy fruit and vegetable options.

It may take several years before the move to make healthier food options more accessible and visible would show up in the data sets, Barnes said. …

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