WASHINGTON AND HOLMES COUNTIES - New health rankings move Washington and Holmes counties up on the list.

The 2018 County Health Rankings & Roadmaps tool show Holmes County has improved from No. 59 to 57 out of Florida's 67 counties and Washington County up to No. 50 from 66. The study was released by the University of Wisconsin and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

"There are many factors that impact these rankings, but the work of community partners, the medical community, and community leaders is very important in improving the health of the county," Karen Johnson, Health Officer for Florida Department of Health in Holmes and Washington counties, stated in a news release.

These rankings are a snapshot of the health of counties across the country and they emphasize that health is not a singular effort but a combined work in progress across all community partners, the release stated.

The rankings use data related to physical environments, social and economic factors, health behaviors and clinical care.