NACo reports that the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in collaboration with the Wisconsin Population Health Institute, released a national ranking of health for all U.S. counties. Prince George’s County Health Officer, Donald Shell M.D. recently participated in a County Health Rankings panel to discuss the ranking results and the spotlight it places on Maryland counties. Prince George’s County was ranked amongst Maryland’s least healthy counties.
“Health advocates and state lawmakers in the county, a suburb of Washington, are proposing state legislation to place a moratorium on new fast-food restaurants in areas of the county with a ‘high index of health disparities,’ such as high rates of obesity and diabetes,” NACo states.
State Senator David C. Harrington added, “We’re saying where there is health data that suggests that there should be interventions that we should put a stop to permits.”
Counties such as Prince George’s, are looking to take a proactive stance on creating a healthier Maryland. (This is an issue that is applicable to other counties in Maryland) To see how your county ranks, click here for additional information.