Report shows Sangamon County among the unhealthiest counties


Springfield - A new health ranking gives Sangamon County a poor score, of one of the unhealthiest counties in the state last year.


According to a report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Sangamon County ranks 80th out of 102 counties in health outcomes. Southern Illinois University School of Medicine and the Citizens Club of Springfield invite the public to attend an open forum. The free event will be held at 6 p.m., tonight in Theater 3 at the Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 South Sixth St., in Springfield.  


"We want to hear from the public what they think the health problems in the community are and what ideas they have to improve the health of our community," said Dr. David Steward, associate dean for Community Health and Service at SIU School of Medicine.


Steward hopes the event will bring people together to work toward a healthier Sangamon County.

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