Arkansas

Arkansas

Overall Rank: 49

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  • Weighted sum of the number of standard deviations each core outcome is from the national average.

Strengths

  • Low prevalence of binge drinking
  • High per capita public health funding
  • Small disparity in health status by educational attainment

Challenges

  • High prevalences of smoking, obesity & physical inactivity
  • Low immunization coverage among adolescents
  • Limited availability of dentists

Highlights

  • Smoking remains high at 25.0 percent of the adult population, with more than 550,000 adult smokers in the state.
  • In Arkansas, 760,000 adults are obese, and more than 690,000 adults are physically inactive.
  • There are almost a quarter-million adults with diabetes in Arkansas.
  • The percentage of children in poverty, at 29.6 percent of persons younger than 18 years, is the highest since the rankings started in 1990.
  • In the past 2 years, the rate of preventable hospitalizations decreased from 81.5 to 77.0 discharges per 1,000 Medicare enrollees.
  • In the past 5 years, the number of poor mental health days have increased from 3.6 to 4.7 days in the previous 30 days.

Disparities

  • In Arkansas, 47.8 percent of adults aged 25 years and older with at least a high school education report their health is very good or excellent compared to only 23.7 percent with less than a high school education, resulting in a gap of 24.1 percent.

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Core Measure Impact

Which measures have the greatest impact on a state's overall ranking? The size of the circle or length of the bar illustrate the impact that each individual measure has on the state's overall rank. Green measures have a positive impact and red measures have a negative impact on the state's overall ranking.

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Core Measures

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Measures Rank Value History Take Action
Air Pollution 40 10.7 view View Actions
All Determinants 50 -0.627 view View Actions
All Outcomes 46 -0.266 view View Actions
Binge Drinking 4 11.8 view View Actions
Cancer Deaths 46 216.4 view View Actions
Cardiovascular Deaths 47 319.4 view View Actions
Children in Poverty 47 29.6 view View Actions
Chlamydia 42 550.5 view View Actions
Dentists 50 41.7 view View Actions
Diabetes 41 11.3 view View Actions
Disparity in Health Status 7 24.1 view View Actions
Drug Deaths 25 12.6 view View Actions
High School Graduation 41 75 view View Actions
Immunization - Adolescents 49 40.1 view View Actions
Immunization - Children 36 66.4 view View Actions
Infant Mortality 41 7.52 view View Actions
Infectious Disease 45 0.521 view View Actions
Lack of Health Insurance 41 17.9 view View Actions
Low Birthweight 43 9.1 view View Actions
Obesity 48 34.5 view View Actions
Occupational Fatalities 46 8.2 view View Actions
Overall 49 -0.893 view View Actions
Pertussis 12 2.7 view View Actions
Physical Inactivity 50 31.4 view View Actions
Poor Mental Health Days 48 4.7 view View Actions
Poor Physical Health Days 47 5 view View Actions
Premature Death 44 9620 view View Actions
Preventable Hospitalizations 44 77.0 view View Actions
Primary Care Physicians 39 99.9 view View Actions
Public Health Funding 13 100.31 view View Actions
Salmonella 46 29.1 view View Actions
Smoking 48 25 view View Actions
Violent Crime 40 469.1 view View Actions


Supplemental Measures

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Measures Rank Value History Take Action
Cholesterol Check 41 70.9 view View Actions
Dental Visit, Annual 50 54.9 view View Actions
Fruits 43 0.82 view View Actions
Health Status 46 45 view View Actions
Heart Attack 47 5.81 view View Actions
Heart Disease 47 6.1 view View Actions
High Blood Pressure 43 35.8 view View Actions
High Cholesterol 38 40.4 view View Actions
Income Disparity 28 0.4632 view View Actions
Low Health Status 47 23.66 view View Actions
Median Household Income 49 39018 view View Actions
Obesity - Youth 15.2 view View Actions
Personal Income, Per Capita 45 34723 view View Actions
Preterm Birth 42 13.2 view View Actions
Stroke 46 4.11 view View Actions
Suicide 36 15.6 view View Actions
Teen Birth Rate 50 50.7 view View Actions
Underemployment Rate 19 13 view View Actions
Unemployment Rate, Annual 27 7.6 view View Actions
Vegetables 29 0.78 view View Actions
Youth Smoking 18.2 view View Actions