DuPage Named “Healthiest County in Illinois”

DuPage County has been ranked the healthiest county in Illinois, according to the 2022 County Health Rankings & Roadmaps.

The county rankings, produced annually by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, are an easy-to-use snapshot that compares counties within states, demonstrating that where you live influences how well and how long you live.

The rankings use more than 30 measures to help communities understand how healthy their residents are today (Health Outcomes) and what will impact their health in the future (Health Factors), which are used to measure the current overall health of each county in all 50 states. While DuPage County has ranked in the top five in both categories for several years, this year the county was ranked Number 1 in both Health Factors and Health Outcomes among the 102 counties in Illinois.

“A first overall ranking for the second consecutive year highlights the priority that DuPage County has placed on health and well-being. We realize the importance of maximizing the health of every resident supports our county’s vibrancy and future success as a community.” said Karen Ayala, Executive Director of DuPage County Health Department.  “We will continue our work to further improve the health of our communities, recognizing that not all residents enjoy the same access or outcomes.”

To see the full 2022 County Health Rankings & Roadmaps report, visit www.countyhealthrankings.org.

The health of our community is due in part to robust county-wide and local-level partnerships that meet the priority health needs of residents. This includes Impact DuPage, a group of organizations, including DCHD, committed to creating a common understanding of community needs, gaps, and priorities that will advance the well-being of the DuPage County community. Impact DuPage’s 2022 county-wide assessment identified Mental Health and Substance Use and the Prevention and Management of Serious Illness as the top two strategic issues that must be prioritized and addressed in order to advance the well-being of our community.