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					"Using Health Rankings to Mobilize Action Toward Community Health"
                                                  December, 15, 2009

Assessment is one of the core functions of public health in the United States. Countless reports are published
each year to show rates of disease and health risks in states and communities. Many of these reports show
that some places are very healthy and others are not. Unfortunately, too few policy-makers pay attention to
these factors and little action results.

Our County Health Rankings project is intended to change the status quo and call attention to health
disparities within states. Our report, which will be released early next year, will rank all counties in the U.S. on
how healthy their residents are by identifying factors that influence health such as access to medical
insurance and people’s behaviour, such as eating a healthy diet, binge drinking, or smoking. The report will
also highlight social and economic factors, such as education, income and air quality, that we know affect

The truth is that county-to-county, not everyone has the same opportunities to be healthy. Our rankings
report, which is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, will help local public health officials see
where the problems are, how they compare to other counties in their state, and develop local solutions so all
of their residents can be healthy.

Professor, Population Health Sciences
Director, UW Population Health Institute
Associate Dean for Public Health

Dr. Patrick Remington is Associate Dean for Public Health and Professor of Population Health Sciences at the
School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Wisconsin-Madison. His current research interests are on
methods used to measure the health of communities and communicate this information to the public and
policy makers. He is currently co-directing an RWJ-funded project entitled Mobilizing Action Toward
Community Health (MATCH). This 3-year, $5 million project will rank the health of the counties in all 50 states
and examine strategies to improve population health. He began his public health career in 1982 at the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), serving as an Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Officer
with the Michigan Health Department and a medical epidemiologist with the Division of Nutrition in Atlanta.
While at the CDC, he was the lead epidemiologist working on the Behavioural Risk Factor Surveillance
System. In 1988, he returned to Madison to work as an epidemiologist in the Wisconsin Division of Health,
eventually serving as the first Chief Medical Officer for Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention. During this
time, he developed an applied program for chronic disease surveillance and control, including studies that
examined the effectiveness of interventions to increase the use of mammography in low-income, rural

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Since joining the Department of Population Health Sciences in 1997, he has helped develop public health
programs in public health research, education, and service. He was the Associate Director of the
Comprehensive Cancer Center, Director of the Population Health Institute, and founding director of the
Master of Public Health Program, before assuming his current position as Associate Dean for Public Health in
July 2009.

Dr. Remington earned a BS degree in molecular biology (1976) and an MD (1981) from the University of
Wisconsin-Madison; completed and Internal Medicine Internship at Virginia Mason in Seattle (1982); an
Epidemiology Fellowship (1984) and Preventive Medicine Residency (1985) at the CDC; and an MPH degree
(1986) from the University of Minnesota. He has authored or co-authored over 300 publications and teaches
an introductory course for the MPH students on the principles and practice of public health. He is the lead
editor of the third edition of “Chronic Disease Epidemiology and Control” published by the American Public
Health Association.

He has received numerous awards including CDC’s Outstanding Scientific Contributions to Public Health
Award (2001), the American Cancer Society’s Lynn R. Smith Award for Outstanding Leadership in Tobacco
Control (2006), and the Wisconsin Public Health Association’s Public Health Researcher of The Year Award

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