Which are the healthiest and unhealthiest states in the Union?

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Hawaii is the healthiest state in the U.S. for the third year in a row, while Mississippi also repeats as the country’s least healthy state. Other than being consistent in their America’s Health Rankings, the Aloha State and the Magnolia State don’t have a hell of a lot in common; in for all intents and purposes Hawaii us Superman and Mississippi is Bizarro, as we are about to see.

 

Hawaii

Mississippi

Value

Rank

Value

Rank

% of adult population

 

% of adult population

 

Smoking

13.3

3

24.8

47

Binge drinking

18.3

38

12.4

5

Obesity

21.8

2

35.1

49

Physical inactivity

20.7

9

35.2

50

Lack of insurance

6.8

2

17.1

40

Diabetes

8.4

9

12.9

48

 

Per 100K population

 

Per 100K population

 

Drug deaths

11.7

18

10.9

11

Violent crimes

239

10

261

15

Chlamydia cases

461.2

32

774

50

Pertussis cases

5.3

13

2.6

3

Salmonella cases

24.7

44

41.9

49

Occupational deaths*

4.4

25

7.2

45

Primary care physicians

140.2

9

81.8

49

Dentists

79.2

5

41.9

49

Cardiovascular deaths

199.1

3

346

50

Cancer deaths

155.3

2

223.7

49

Premature deaths**

5,865

9

10,354

50

 

% of children 19-35 months

 

% of children 19-35 months

 

Immunization

66.5

40

74.6

11

 

% of teens 13-17 years

 

% of teens 13-17 years

 

Immunization

63.2

33

45.2

50

 

% diff. by education level

 

% diff. by education level

 

Disparity in health

15.5

1

18

2

 

per 1K Medicare enrollees

 

per 1K Medicare enrollees

 

Preventable hospitalizations

28.2

1

78.5

47

 

 

 

 

 

 

per 1,000 live births

 

per 1,000 live births

 

Infant mortality

5.1

11

9.1

50

 

 

 

 

 

 

$ per person

 

$ per person

 

Public health funding

213

2

65

31

 *Deaths per 100,000 workers
**Years lost per 100,000 populationStrengths, challenges, and highlights

 

Hawaii

Mississippi

Strengths

·         Low obesity prevalence

·         Low preventable hospitalization rate

·         Low cancer mortality rate

·         Low binge drinking prevalence.

·         High immunization coverage among children

·         Small health disparity by education level

Challenges

·         High binge drinking prevalence

·         High infectious disease incidence

·         Low immunization coverage among children

·         High physical inactivity prevalence

·         Low immunization coverage among teens

·         High low birth weight prevalence

Highlights

·         Smoking decreased by 21% in the last 2 years

·         Binge drinking decreased 15% in the last 2 years

·         Immunization coverage among children increased by 17% in the last year

·         Preventable hospitalization increased by 13% in the last two years

·         Low birth weight decreased by 6% in the last 5 years

·         Preventable hospitalizations decreased by 23% in the last 5 years

·         Chlamydia increased by 8% in the last year

·         Infant mortality decreased by 30% since 1990

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