Howard County Ranked in Top 20 Healthiest Communities in Nation by Aetna

Howard County awarded high health and wellness marks from among nearly 3,000 counties ranked across 10 categories with 80 indicators. 

U.S. News in collaboration with Aetna, a MACo Gold Corporate Partner, has released their 2018 Healthiest Communities rankings. Howard County came in at number 20 in the nation and was the only county in Maryland to crack the top 50.

The U.S. News Healthiest Communities rankings measure crucial health-related components of society with the aim of empowering citizens, health care leaders and officials to make decisions about policies and practices that can improve health outcomes for all. Guided by a pioneering framework developed by a committee appointed to advise the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the project scores nearly 3,000 counties on approximately 80 indicators across 10 categories that drive health outcomes. Population health and equity are the most heavily weighted categories, based on the assessments of more than a dozen leading experts on what matters most to a community’s health.

Top honors went to Falls Church City, Virginia, with Emmet County, Iowa rounding out the top 500.

To learn more visit U.S. News and Aetna’s 2018 Healthiest Communities rankings.

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