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McHenry County among healthiest counties in Illinois

Published: Wednesday, March 26, 2014 3:09 p.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, March 27, 2014 12:12 a.m. CDT

McHenry County is among the state's healthiest counties, according to rankings from the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

The annual rankings put counties into two categories. McHenry County ranked 14th in the state in "health outcomes," a measure of how long residents live and how healthy they feel, according to a news release from the McHenry County Department of Health.

The county ranked 8th in "health factors," a measure of health-shaping circumstances such as behavior, clinical care, social and economic factors and physical environment, the release said.

For five years, the rankings have been giving counties across the country a feel for how they stack up within their respective states, according to the release.

The McHenry County Department of Health has used a community-based planning tool called MAPP, or mobilizing for action through planning and partnership, since 2006. The tool helps bring community partners together in collaboration toward the county's health needs, the release said.

For more information on MAPP, call Debra Quackenbush at 815-334-4456 or visit

– Shawn Shinneman

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