The greatest health strengths and challenges in Wisconsin

The recently released “America’s Health Rankings 2022 Annual Report” uncovered several health strengths and challenges in Wisconsin.

Wisconsin is ranked 21st in the country for overall health – an improvement from a ranking of 23 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

Wisconsin health strengths

  • Low prevalence of non-medical drug use
  • Low income inequality
  • Low prevalence of physical inactivity
  • 41% increase in flu vaccination from 36% to 50.7% of adults between 2016 and 2021

Wisconsin health challenges

  • High racial disparity in premature death rates
  • High prevalence of excessive drinking
  • High Black/white residential segregation
  • 36% increase in frequent mental distress from 10% to 13.6% of adults between 2015 and 2021
  • 29% increase in drug deaths from 20.9 to 26.9 deaths per 100,000 population between 2019 and 2020

What this means for employers

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

Learn more about the factors impacting the health of Wisconsin

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

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