GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT)- The 2016 County Health Rankings were just released and Pitt County went down in rankings, from #39 to #59.
These rankings provide an outlook of the state of North Carolina, by comparing the overall health of nearly every county demonstrating that where they live influences how well and how long they live.
Inside the report, it shows how Pitt County ranks among others in categories like health behaviors, quality of life, physical environment, length of life and others.
With 100 being the least healthy and 1 standing as the healthiest, here are other counties in the area’s ranking in the State of North Carolina:
- Bertie – 86
- Beaufort – 71
- Camden – 4
- Chowan – 76
- Craven – 36
- Dare – 7
- Duplin – 62
- Edgecombe- 95
- Greene – 68
- Halifax – 97
- Hertford – 89
- Jones – 82
- Lenoir – 85
- Martin – 83
- Nash – 65
- Onslow – 25
- Pamlico – 29
- Tyrrell – 87
- Washington – 52
- Wayne – 61
- Wilson – 72
For a comprehensive list of the entire state of North Carolina, visit this link.
North Carolina’s Department of Health and Human Services says 70 of the 100 counties in the state are suffering from a health professional shortage and officials want a total makeover in the healthcare field.
“Having the right type of physicians, improve healthcare we need to have more primary care doctors in rural areas,” said Randall Williams, the Deputy Secretary of DHHS.
National statistics show 97 percent of med students don’t plan to practice in rural areas. Williams says North Carolina is looking to give incentives to those that stay.
“We think it’s really important going forward that that in these areas we have primary care physicians and those would include family practioners, obstetricians, pediatricians, and urologists, psychiatrists and general surgeons.”
Digging deeper, in Onslow County there are nearly 33 hundred patients to one provider.
However, the report doesn’t take into effect the number of people who see primary care doctors on military bases.
Comparing counties in the east, Lenoir County is ranked one of the worst counties in overall health while Onslow County is in the top 25 percent.
An Onslow County Health Department spokeswoman says many public health organizations are working to address these issues.
“an entire community working together to make everybody healthier,” said Pamela Brown.