By John Ostapkovich
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (CBS) — Montgomery County, Pa. officials are hailing a reason to believe their efforts on children’s health are paying off.
As part of its look into the best children’s hospitals, the magazine US News and World Report also ranked the top 50 counties for children’s health.
Montgomery County came in 35th — the only Pennsylvania entry (see entire report).
County commissioner Josh Shapiro (at lectern in photo) credits a team effort among department heads, employees, and outside groups, allowing Montco to score well in such categories as low birth weight, infant deaths, and children in poverty.
Still, Shapiro is not declaring victory.
“Later this week, when we roll out our ‘Community Connections’ program, we are going to be in an even better position to deliver services to children and families all throughout Montgomery County,” he said today.
Shapiro acknowledged that despite an overall good score on poverty, the county has some spots where that’s a real concern.