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Durham Ranked 15th of 100 Counties in Health Rankings

Health outcomes and behaviors assessed in each county

Post Date:04/10/2017 3:59 PM

DURHAM, N.C. – The rankings are in and Durham County is 15th of 100 healthiest counties in North Carolina.  According to the eighth annual County Health Rankings, released by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute (UWPHI), Durham has remained constant at 15th healthiest amongst North Carolina counties for the second year in a row.  Neighboring counties Wake and Orange are ranked 1st and 2nd, respectively.

The Rankings are an easy-to-use snapshot measuring the health of nearly every county in the nation and ranks them within states. The local-level data allows each state to see how its counties compare on 30 factors that influence health including education, housing, jobs, smoking, access to healthy food, and more.

While Durham County’s overall ranking for 2017 has remained constant for the past two years, since the inception of the County Health Rankings, Durham has consistently ranked in the top 25% of counties in North Carolina, ranking as high as 8th in 2012, but no lower than 17th in 2013 and 2014. The rankings themselves do not represent statistically significant differences between counties. More importantly, the top 25% of counties in the state are the healthiest, while the bottom 25% are the least healthy counties and the other two quartiles fall in between.

“Durham County’s health and vitality are our primary interest.  We will continue to work with our partners to make Durham one of the healthiest counties in the state,” said Gayle B. Harris, Director, Durham County Department of Public Health.  “Peaks and valleys are expected but we are pleased with the strides we have made in some areas, including premature death, preventable hospital stays, and diabetes monitoring.  While we understand that changing individual behaviors is important, we know that we must work across sectors to improve socioeconomic and environmental factors to improve health outcomes for all of Durham’s residents.”

Through collaborative efforts between partners in Durham, including the Partnership for a Healthy Durham and annual meetings, such as the Duke-Durham Health Summit, health issues continue to be addressed and progress has been achieved over time.

The complete County Health Rankings report can be found at

For more information about the Partnership for a Healthy Durham or initiatives developed to improve Durham’s health, contact Marissa Mortiboy at 919-560-7833 or


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