The greatest health strengths and challenges in Delaware

Delaware is ranked 20th in the country for overall health – an improvement from a ranking of 30 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

Delaware health strengths

  • Low prevalence of frequent mental distress
  • Low Black/white residential segregation
  • Low percentage of adults who avoided care due to cost
  • 30% increase in flu vaccination coverage from 38.2% to 49.8% of adults between 2018 and 2021
  • 24% decrease in excessive drinking from 18.9% to 14.3% of adults between 2019 and 2021

Delaware health challenges

  • High percentage of household food insecurity
  • Low supply of dental care providers
  • High prevalence of physical inactivity
  • 22% decrease in fourth grade reading proficiency from 32.5% to 25.3% of fourth grade public school students between 2019 and 2022

What this means for employers

Employers who do business or have employees living in the state of Delaware may want to consider programs or benefits that can help support their employee population and guide them to better health decisions. 

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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.

— Patricia L. Lewis, Chief Sustainability Officer at UnitedHealth Group

Breaking down the findings from America’s Health Rankings 2022 Annual Report

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