County ranks 50th out of 88 in health

LISBON – Columbiana County is ranked 50th out of Ohio’s 88 counties in terms of general health, according to a study presented at the Columbiana County Health Department’s board meeting Wednesday.

The study, created by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is based upon a wide range of factors that are determined to influence public health. Among these are adult obesity, medical service availability, education and environmental factors.

These findings were presented in front of the board by health commissioner Wes Vins, who said they can be used not only as a guide for possible improvement but to also note how much the county has progressed.

Vins specifically noted how automobile fatalities have fallen in the recent past, from 17 in 2011 to 14 in 2012.

“I like to think of these rankings as a way of comparing ourselves to our neighbors,” Vins said. “Obviously counties like Lake County are going to have much different results, as they have one of the highest annual incomes in the state.”

Columbiana County ranks higher overall than three of its four bordering counties, with the lone exception being Stark County. All of this information can be found at

Elsewhere in board proceedings:

– Shawn Apple and Dr. Jack Amato were re-elected board president and vice president, respectively.

– The board renewed the contract of Dr. Shermeen Farakhi, a cancer specialist at the clinic.

– The health department finished the 2012 fiscal year with a balance of $468,155, announced financial officer Cis Donahey.