The greatest health strengths and challenges in Idaho
The recently released “America’s Health Rankings 2022 Annual Report” uncovered several health strengths and challenges in Idaho.
Idaho is ranked 17th in the country for overall health – a slight decline from its ranking of 16 in 20191 – according to America’s Health Rankings 2022 Annual Report. Below is a summary of the positive and negative factors that contributed to this ranking.2
Idaho health strengths
- Low premature death rate
- Low percentage of low birthweight infants
- Low prevalence of physical inactivity
- 27% increase in mental health providers from 193.6 to 246.3 per 100,000 population from 2017 to 2022
- 19% decrease in uninsured from 10.8% to 8.8% of the population between 2019 and 2021
Idaho health challenges
- High Black/white residential segregation
- Low adult flu vaccination rate
- Low supply of primary care providers
- 61% increase in e-cigarette use from 4.6% to 7.4% of adults between 2017 and 2021
What this means for employers
Employers who do business or have employees living in the state of Idaho may want to consider programs or benefits that can help support their employee population and guide them to better health decisions.
The real people behind these numbers are what make the work ahead so critically important. Despite the challenges ahead, I remain optimistic that the health system can rise to the moment to address long-standing disparities and improve the health and well-being of all Americans, for this generation and the next.