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County scores poorly on health outcomes

Sedgwick County ranked 72nd in health outcomes out of 100 Kansas counties reviewed in a study released this week by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. That's not good. Sedgwick County ranked 94th for social and economic factors, such as child poverty, unemployment and violent crime rates. The only category in which the county scored relatively high was clinical care, including the availability of primary care physicians and number of preventable hospital stays. Riley County has the healthiest residents in Kansas, according to the study.