The greatest health strengths and challenges in Arkansas
The recently released “America’s Health Rankings 2022 Annual Report” uncovered several health strengths and challenges in Arkansas.
Arkansas is ranked 48th in the country for overall health –which is the same ranking the state received 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
Arkansas health strengths
- Low prevalence of excessive drinking
- High prevalence of fruit and vegetable consumption
- Low percentage of housing with lead risk
- 19% increase in households with high-speed internet of households between 2016 and 2021
Arkansas health challenges
- High premature death rate
- High percentage of household food insecurity
- High prevalence of cigarette smoking
- 40% increase in drug deaths between 2019 and 2020
- 11% decrease in flu vaccination coverage between 2020 and 2021
What this means for employers
Employers who do business or have employees living in the state of Arkansas 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.