We hope that the Times' coverage of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's 2017 County Health Rankings ("Report: Carroll remains third-healthiest county", March 29, 2017) inspired people to take some time to check out the report and see what information it provides to our county residents. As the Executive Director of The Partnership for a Healthier Carroll County, I would like to recognize and thank all the individuals and organizations who had a part in this commendable health standing.
The Partnership for a Healthier Carroll County is the central organization in Carroll County that tracks local health data and shares it with many community partners.
The County Health Rankings report looks at 35 important measurements in six areas to compare different counties within each state. But these are not the only measures we look at to determine the priorities for our community. Objective data is needed in order to correctly allocate funding and other resources. Our community's overall health has improved since the Rankings report started in 2010 — and it's because of collaboration between individuals and organizations that exist in our community. However, we will continue working alongside these other groups as we all seek to address those areas where improvements are needed.
We urge local residents and organizations to take advantage of the data hub on our website, HealthyCarroll.org, to learn more about the Health Rankings and to find facts and statistics about important health issues. It is important for everyone to know what the numbers tell us about our community so that we can work together to improve Carroll County's overall health and well-being.
The writer is the executive director and CEO of The Partnership for a Healthier Carroll County.