Miles Away, Worlds Apart:
Assessing Community Health Needs With exploreMOhealth.org
In celebration of National Public Health Week 2021, the exploreMOhealth community health needs assessment platform was updated and relaunched on April 7. The Missouri ZIP Health Rankings data included on the site were updated to reflect the most recent information on the health and social well-being of populations living in 939 Missouri ZIP codes. The latest ZHR data were generated by Missouri hospitals between fiscal years 2018 and 2020, and by the 2019 American Community Survey of the U.S. Census Bureau.
In addition to updating the ZIP code-level data, new county-level data from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s 2021 County Health Rankings & Roadmaps program now are available on exploreMOhealth, in addition to the Missouri Foundation for Health’s 2016 Missouri CountyLevel Study data.
Combining both health factors and outcomes, the state’s healthiest ZIP code during the 20182020 study period was 63073 — the community of Saint Albans in northeastern Franklin County, which borders St. Louis County. At the opposite end of the distribution — ranked 939th — was 63955, the census-designated place of Oxly, Mo., in southeastern Ripley County with a population of only 208. The new data for Missouri’s 114 counties and St. Louis City, in addition to 939 ZIP codes with sufficient information, now is available on exploreMOhealth.org.
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