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County Health Rankings: Mobilizing Action Toward Community Health (MATCH)
A report released February 17, 2010 by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation ranks the overall health of counties in all 50 states – more than 3,000 counties in all– by measuring how healthy people are and how long they live. The rankings give a "snapshot" of residents' health so each county can see what they are doing well and where they need to improve. Researchers assessed measures of overall health (health outcomes) and factors that affect people's health (health factors). The measures for each county were ranked against other counties in their state. A summary of Mecklenburg County's rankings against other NC counties is provided below:

Health Outcomes

Mecklenburg Ranking  

the rate of people dying before age 75


the percent of people who report being in fair or poor health, the numbers of days people report being in poor physical and poor mental health, and the rate of low-birthweight infants


Health Outcomes Overall


Health Factors

Mecklenburg Ranking  

Health  Behaviors
adult smoking, adult obesity, binge drinking, and teenage pregnancy


Clinical Care
number of uninsured adults, availability of primary care providers, and preventable hospital stays


Social & Economic Factors
rates of high school graduation, number of children in poverty, and rates of violent crime


Physical Environment
access to healthy foods, air pollution levels, and liquor store density


Health Factors Overall Ranking


Ranking Health Factors

The full report, County Health Rankings: Mobilizing Action Toward Community Health (MATCH) may be viewed at and lists health outcomes and factors affecting people's health for each county in North Carolina as it does for other states, accompanied by color-coded maps of each state comparing their counties' overall health rankings. It does not compare states to one another.

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