Health Rankings Model
The Health Rankings Model (1) emphasizes the many factors in population health that, if improved, can help make communities healthier places to live, learn, work and play. In the Health Rankings Model, the current health status of a community is called health outcomes, which is ranked by rates of mortality (premature death) and morbidity (chronic diseases). These health outcomes are influenced by health factors in a community; ranked by a calculation of various health behaviors, clinical care, social and economic, and physical environment measures. Health Factors represent what will influence the future health of a community, while health outcomes represent how healthy a community is today (1). There are evidence-based policies and programs that a community can implement to improve health factors and, ultimately, improve its health outcomes.