Humphreys County, Tennessee, sometimes known as The Land of Three Rivers, is a West Tennessee county through which the Tennessee, Duck, and Buffalo Rivers run. In addition to sporting tourism, it also boasts the Loretta Lynn Ranch at Hurricane Mills. The best known cities are McEwen, Waverly, and New Johnsonville. In addition to the three public schools in the Humphreys County system, the county also boasts the Humphreys County Center for Higher Education.
Humphreys County citizens work in construction, chemicals, transportation equipment, utilities, metal and metal products, accommodation and food, and public administration. The Waverly-New Johnsonville area is known for chemical plants, though the county is 82% rural.
Three Rivers Hospital, the only one in the county, is a 25 bed facility that is currently financially endangered. The county also has a health department, nursing home, and rehabilitation center. 1,092 of the 18,538 citizens (5.89%) are in the Medicaid Gap, and 16% of citizens live in poverty. Also, Humphreys has non-institutionalized employment disabled citizens – fewer than 750 men and fewer than 750 women between ages 21 and 64.
The main point of this profile is to highlight the county’s health dilemma by using the Years of Potential Life Lost measurement developed recently. To explain this measurement, I will repeat the information given previously.
The average normal age of death used here is 75, and all the recorded deaths in each county during a year are considered. For instance, if a person dies at 25, he/she contributes 50 years to the YPLL rate. The latest YPLL rates are for the years 2008-2010. What we are measuring here is PREMATURE MORTALITY. Accidents and diseases happen to everybody, but, by comparing counties, we can get an idea of the county’s general health. For instance, the wealthiest and healthiest county in Tennessee is Williamson County, and their YPLL as of 2008-2010 was 3,839 Years of Potential Life.
The YPLL rate for Humphreys County is 9,346 years of potential life lost. This is a county of 532 square miles with only one small hospital. Its death per thousand rate was higher than the state average from 1990 to 2006, and its fatal accident rate was above the state average between 1993 and 2008, dipping slightly in 1997 and 2009.
Humphreys County’s next state senator is yet to be decided. Once this is done, you may look up contact information for the victor at www.capitol.tn.gov.