Health Matters

Riley County’s Health Matters

The Health Department works with the diverse partners, organizations, and communities in the county to identify and address health issues and improve the quality of life for residents, visitors, and neighbors. Want to learn more about Riley County’s health? Visit Kansas Health Matters and see how Riley County compares to other Kansas counties. Riley County Kansas Health Matters data includes the following morbidity (presence of disease) and mortality (death) data:

  • Obesity rates 
  • Heart Disease and Stroke rates
  • Cancer rates
  • Diabetes rates
  • Infant mortality 
  • Alzheimer's disease mortality 
  • Cancer mortality 
  • Diabetes mortality 
  • Injury mortality 
  • Suicide mortality 
  • and much more! 

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin's Population Health Institute have released the eighth annual County Health Rankings. In 2019, Riley County ranked 5th in Kansas for Health Outcomes. An easy-to-use snapshot that compares counties within the states, the Rankings provide information on factors communities can do something about, such as jobs, education, housing, community safety and more. Learn more at the County Health Rankings website and check out the Neighborhoods Matters App.

The Kansas Health Institute has released a Chartbook: Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities in a Changing Kansas. The racial and ethnic composition of the population in the state has changed with an increase in the number of minorities and a decrease in the number of non-Hispanic White Kansans, as well as a shift away from rural Kansas to urban and semi-urban communities. Overall health outcomes may be impacted by these changes in the population, as population groups may be exposed to different social determinants of health, including education, income, nutrition, access to care and more. The report includes county level data for Riley. Read the full report online