The 2017 Michigan County Health Rankings were recently released and Shiawassee County is continuing to show improvement. Over the last two years, Shiawassee County has moved from 50th in Health Outcomes to 30th and from 29th in Health Factors to 24th out of Michigan’s 83 counties.

The County Health Rankings measure the health of nearly every county in the nation. The rankings help counties understand what influences how healthy residents are and how long they will live.

“We are very pleased with our continued upward trend in the County Health Rankings but there is still plenty of room to improve,” says Larry Johnson, Health Director at the Shiawassee County Health Department. “As the economy has improved and more people have obtained health insurance, it has had a positive effect on overall health,” says Johnson.

The Shiawassee County Health Department is currently undertaking a strategic planning initiative focusing on the greatest public health needs in the community. Community partners will join the Health Department staff in formulating this five-year action plan that will address many areas to improve, including substance abuse, obesity, healthcare integration, women’s health, sexually transmitted diseases and health education and promotion.

The mission of the Shiawassee County Health Department is to prevent disease, protect the health of the public, and enhance the quality of life for Shiawassee County residents by providing information and services. For more information, please visit

Shiawassee Continuing to Improve in Latest County Health Rankings was last modified: April 17th, 2017 by Karen Elford