Healthiest Polk County 2015

With a population of just over 44,000 (US Census, 2000) Polk County is located in rural northwest Wisconsin. The state of the county’s health is attributed to many factors.  In the 2011 County Health Rankings report, released by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Polk County ranked 31 of 72 in health outcomes – the measures of how long we live and how well we live.


A broad set of stakeholders convened to conduct a community health assessment (PDF) and develop a community health improvement plan (PDF) for the county. The plan drew upon both  the County Health Rankings model and the Take Action model.