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                                            COUNTY BY COUNTY HEALTH RANKINGS

A report released earlier this year by the University of Wisconsin and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation ranks each county in the country on its overall health. The information is intended to be a catalyst for community action to improve its health status.

Researchers used five measures to assess each county’s level of overall health:

  • the rate of people dying before age 75,
  • the percentage of people who reported being in fair or poor health,
  • the number of days people reported being in poor physical health,
  • the number of days in poor mental health, and
  • the rate of low-birth weight infants.


The report also looked at factors such as smoking, clinical care, social and economic characteristics and physical environment.

In Virginia, 131 municipalities were ranked.  On the health outcomes, Roanoke County ranked 33rd in Virginia, City of Salem 35th, Botetourt County 44th, Craig County 63rd and Roanoke City 116th.

Poor mental health days were 3.1 in Botetourt County, 3.4 in Roanoke County, 3.8 in Salem and 3.9 in Roanoke City. The average in Virginia was 3.2 and nationally 2.3.

In the health behaviors category, excessive drinking was 12% in Roanoke County and 14% in Botetourt County, Salem and Roanoke City. Virginia average was 16% and nationally 8%


The full reports are available at



The Community Living program of Blue Ridge Behavioral Healthcare offers individuals the opportunity to live in family settings with support from trained staff who open their homes to provide safe and secure housing. “Host Homes” are family homes licensed by the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) as Sponsored Residential Services. These homes provide a family-like environment to individuals eligible for services under the Medicaid Home and Community Based Waiver. Individuals and families interested in this type of residence should contact Pat Hill at (540) 353-8103 for more information.



Individuals interested in contracting with Blue Ridge Behavioral Healthcare and opening up their homes to care for individuals with intellectual disabilities by providing Host Home services through the Community Living program should contact Pat Hill at (540) 353-8103 for further information.



Blue Ridge Behavioral Healthcare (BRBH) is the public community services board (CSB) serving the cities of Roanoke and Salem and the counties of

Botetourt, Craig, and Roanoke in Virginia.