County Health Rankings

The County Health Rankings measure the health of nearly all counties in the nation and rank them within states.  The Rankings are compiled using county-level measures from a variety of national and state data sources. These measures are standardized and combined using scientifically-informed weights.

They are based on a model of population health that emphasizes the many factors that, if improved, can help make communities healthier places to live, learn, work and play. Building on the work of America’s Health Rankings, the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute has used this model to rank the health of Wisconsin’s counties every year since 2003.


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Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration


  • SAMHSA was established in 1992 to target substance abuse and mental health services
  • The Office of Applied Studies (OAS) is an Office within SAMHSA- it is the primary source of national data on the prevalence, treatment, and consequences of substance abuse in the United States.
  • Data is collected on drug-related emergency room visits and drug-related deaths; also on the location, organization, and capacity of providers which offer services to prevent and treat substance abuse
  • SAMHSA has three major data collection systems to provide this information on a regular basis:
    1. National Survey on Drug Use & Health (NSDUH)
    2. Drug and Alcohol Services Information System (DASIS)
    3. Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN)
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