The 2017 County Health Rankings recently released by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) finds a continued rural and urban divide in U.S. health outcomes.

Kentucky is home to the least healthy counties in the country. Of the 30 factors RWJF considered when ranking counties, Breathitt County in eastern Kentucky was ranked dead last in health outcomes and Clay County was last in health factors.

“The eastern Kentucky counties have a lot of problems that they have to overcome, starting with high poverty levels,” says Ben Chandler, CEO of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky. “We’ve got a lot of work to do in the eastern part of the state.”

SOURCE:, March 29, 2017