Wednesday, December 13, 2017

America's Health Rankings from United Health Foundation shows Utah jumped to #4 in Healthiest States


The United Health Foundation 2017 Annual Report of America's Health Rankings looks at 35 different factors affecting people's health including rates of smoking, obesity, physical inactivity, low birth weight, drug deaths, environmental conditions like air pollution, and the number of doctors, dentists, and mental health providers per 100,000 people in their state.
Florida and Utah experienced the largest rank improvements since last year, rising four places in the rankings to No. 32 and No. 4 in the country, respectively. Florida’s improvements include positive changes in its rankings for the percentage of children in poverty and frequent mental distress since 2016. Utah also improved its rankings for several measures in the same time period, including air pollution and immunizations among children.
MORTALITY RATES ARE INCREASING IN MANY STATES, EVEN THOSE RANKED HIGHLY FOR OVERALL HEALTH 
This trend is also true for cardiovascular deaths. Although ranked as the fourth healthiest state this year, Utah experienced one of the largest increases in the rate of cardiovascular deaths 21.9 deaths per 100,000 population) from 2012 to 2017.

WIDE VARIATION ACROSS THE COUNTRY IN THE CONCENTRATION OF HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS
This year's report also examined the concentration of key health care providers, including mental health providers, primary care physicians and dentists, and found wide variation across the county.
Utah and Idaho have fewer the 100 Primary Care Physicians per 100,000 population.

Read the entire 2017 report at United Health Foundation American's Health Rankings webpage.

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