United Health Foundation recently released the 27th America's Health Rankings Annual Report. As the longest-running annual assessment of the nation's health on a state-by-state basis, the report showcases positive trends in the health of the nation as well as concerning upticks in several key indicators.
Among the report's key findings:
- Many Americans are experiencing improvements in their overall health and well-being, with long-term declines seen in the prevalence of smoking, the rate of preventable hospitalizations among Medicare enrollees, and percentage of the uninsured population.
- For the first time in the 27-year history of the America's Health Rankings Annual Report, the cardiovascular death rate has increased in the past year. The report also found increases in the rate of drug deaths and a continued high prevalence of obesity.
- Hawaii ranks as nation's healthiest state for the fifth straight year, followed by Massachusetts (2), Connecticut (3), Minnesota (4) and Vermont (5). Mississippi drops from 49th to 50th this year, moving Louisiana out of the bottom position to 49th.
Please refer to the enhanced America's Health Rankings website for additional tools, resources and data.