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Blog: McHenry County’s health ranked in state’s top 15 counties

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McHenry County continues to have some of the healthiest residents in Illinois, according to the annual County Health Rankings, released  by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The report is available online at

The County Health Rankings rank the overall health of nearly every county in all 50 states. The rankings allow counties to see how well they are doing on 29 factors that influence health including smoking, high school graduation rates, employment, physical inactivity and access to healthy foods. Now in its fifth year, therRankings reveal a single snapshot in time and does not measure progress year to year.   

Counties were ranked using summary measures of health outcomes  and health factors.  McHenry county’s health outcomes received a rank of 14 (out of 102 counties), with a health factors ranking of eight.

Patrick J. McNulty, public health administrator for McHenry County Department of Health (MCDH) said, “We hope the County Health Rankings spur government, business, community and faith-based groups, education and public health to work together on solutions that address barriers to good health and help all residents lead healthier lives.”

Since 2006, MCDH has used a community-based planning tool called Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnership (MAPP) to bring together a wide range of community partners to address the county’s top health needs and disparities. Organizations interested in learning more about MAPP should contact MCDH’s Debra Quackenbush at 815-334-4456 or visit the webpage at