Study: Blaine Healthiest County in Idaho, Shoshone the Worst

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An annual ranking of health care across Idaho indicates that Ada County is the ninth healthiest in the state.

The third-annual County Health Rankings, crafted by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Insitute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, dropped Ada County from the number five slot, which it held the past two years.

According to the 2012 study, the five healthiest counties in Idaho are Blaine, Madison, Latah, Franklin and Valley counties. The five lowest-ranking counties are Shoshone [the lowest], Payette, Gooding, Bear Lake and Butte.

Researchers used five primary indicators to assess overall health by county: 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.

You can read the full report here. CHR2012_ID.pdf