Dodge County Health Rankings Mixed Bag

(Dodge County) Dodge County fell 17 spots in the most recent annual health rankings for Wisconsin’s 72 counties. The annual report by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation looks at more than 30 factors that influence health outcomes. Those include poverty, education, transportation and jobs. This year there was an emphasis on affordable housing – with researchers finding 13 percent of Wisconsin residents have what’s termed a severe housing cost burden. That means people are paying more than half their income on rent or their home mortgage. Dodge County was ranked 20th in the 2018 health rankings but this year dropped to 37th. The county also fell from 20th in length of life to 42nd in 2019. The region did jump up six spots to 21 in quality of life. Dodge County finished 21st in clinical care; 25th in social and economic factors and 65th in physical environment which includes categories such as air pollution, drinking water violations and severe housing problems.