LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - When people are looking for a new place to live, they typically consider how the new area will affect their commute to work, their neighborhood involvement, and perhaps their child's education. However, a new study suggests that where someone lives can also affect their health.
A recently-released study from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) shows that where someone lives may be a factor in how healthy they are.
The UAMS Center of Rural Health released a 56-page-report on the state of health in Arkansas. It details what medical challenges Arkansans face by county and how residents can work to improve their health.
Director Ann Bynum says counties in the Delta region typically rank the lowest among counties for healthy welfare in the state. The report states that while the majority of Arkansas' residents call rural communities their home, the healthcare resources needed to sustain their lives and improve their health are limitedly available in their rural homes.
"We know that we are facing a shortage of health care professionals in rural Arkansas," said Bynum.
Benton County ranked number one in positive health outcomes while Phillips County came in last.
To view the full report and see where each county ranks, click here. The overall county rankings are on page 11 of the report.