Lewis and Clark, Jefferson counties rank high on health report

Phil Drake

Lewis and Clark and Jefferson counties rank among the top 10 healthiest of Montana’s 56 counties, a national report released early Wednesday found. Jefferson came in at No. 5 and Lewis and Clark at No. 9.

But the state of Montana needs to do a better job on child care and wages, the study’s authors claim, noting that on average, 31% of household income goes to finding someone to take care of the kids while parents work.

The study, aided by funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which states it is the country’s largest public health philanthropy, said it reached its conclusions using data on more than 90 health-influencing factors such as housing, education, jobs, and access to quality health care.

The report looks at health outcomes and health factors.

Health outcomes are how healthy a county is right now. They reflect the physical and mental well-being of residents within a community through measures representing not only the length of life, but quality of life as well.

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In that category, Broadwater County was ranked No. 11, Powell was 24th, Cascade was 27th, Teton was 35th and

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