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America’s Health Rankings® Senior Report highlights challenges to the health care system as middle-aged Americans age into their senior years
by America's Health Rankings
May 31, 2016

Middle-aged Americans face significant health challenges, but on-the-ground programs offer key insights into how to curb the impact of chronic disease.

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America’s Health Rankings® Spotlight: Impact of Unhealthy Behaviors highlights the effect of harmful health habits
by America's Health Rankings
Apr 15, 2016

Adults who engage in three or more unhealthy behaviors are 6.1 times more likely to have fair or poor health than those who have no unhealthy behaviors, says a new report from United Health Foundation... Read More

Spotlight: Prevention Shines Light on Gaps in Preventive Care
by America's Health Rankings
Mar 07, 2016

Preventive screenings and services are an important step in enhancing people’s health and quality of life, and are critical to improving the overall health system. The 2016 America’s... Read More

More Than an Apple a Day: Nutrition as a Key Part of Preventive Health
by Reed Tuckson, MD
Jun 28, 2015

We all have our favorite summer traditions that we look forward to as the weather gets warmer. For me, it’s the abundance of fresh, ripe fruits and vegetables—and enjoying them with family... Read More

America’s Health Rankings® 2015 Senior Report: Successes and Challenges in Senior Health
by Rhonda Randall
May 20, 2015

United Health Foundation’s America’s Heath Rankings® Senior Report offers us a comprehensive picture of senior health across the nation, highlighting areas where seniors have... Read More

The Promise of Innovation in Addressing Health Disparities
by Russell Bennett
Apr 21, 2015

In my work with the Hispanic/Latino community, I see firsthand the effects of health disparities in our country. While I’ve seen great progress in recent years in addressing these disparities... Read More

Research: Where We’ve Been, Where We’re Going
by Dr. Reed Tuckson
Mar 26, 2015

I was thrilled last December when I heard that Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, accepted the... Read More

Hearts Aren’t Just For Valentine’s Day
by Rhonda Randall, D.O.
Feb 25, 2015

Earlier this month, I couldn’t help but smile at all the red and pink hearts that decorated the businesses around my home and at all the advertisements reminding me to show my love with gifts... Read More

Resolving to Improve State Health
by Kate Rubin
Jan 28, 2015

We all know we aren’t alone in making New Year’s resolutions to be healthier in 2015—we see friends and family making many of the same commitments to eat better and move more. But... Read More

The 2014 Rankings and Reflections on Our Report’s 25th Year
by Russell Bennett, Rhonda Randall, DO, and Reed Tuckson, MD
Dec 11, 2014

Q: Which state ranks as the healthiest in the nation for 2014?

We know this is your first question every year, so we won’t keep you in suspense: Hawaii took the number one spot. Did... Read More

What’s Your Perspective on Our Nation’s Health?
by Kate Rubin
Nov 20, 2014

As you have likely heard, this December, the United Health Foundation’s America’s Health Rankings report will turn 25. This represents an important milestone: a quarter century of dedicated... Read More

The Rankings Head to the Big Easy
by Tom Eckstein and Sarah Milder
Oct 28, 2014

In less than a month, United Health Foundation’s America’s Health Rankings will be among the topics garnering buzz at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting & Exposition... Read More

Moving from Measurement to Meaningful Change
by Shelly Espinosa, MPH, Director, Community Affairs, United Health Foundation
Sep 24, 2014

One of the best parts of my work with the United Health Foundation’s America’s Health Rankings team is sharing our data with others. I know the work we do to measure health helps state... Read More

Healthy Words That Inspire Change
by Rhonda Randall, D.O.
Aug 25, 2014

When we release America’s Health Rankings each December, the first question we get is usually, “Where does my state rank?” followed by, “Okay, so which was the healthiest state?&rdquo... Read More

Inspiring the Next Generation of Health Leaders
by Kate Rubin, President, United Health Foundation
Jul 22, 2014

The United Health Foundation believes that innovative solutions often come from those with fresh perspectives. That’s why we’re excited to host the 6th Annual Diverse Scholars Forum in... Read More

Reflections on Mens Health
by Dr. Reed Tuckson
Jun 23, 2014

I’ve been thinking often about men’s health this month. For one thing, June 15 was Father’s Day, as every other commercial seemed to remind me as the holiday approached. Even though... Read More

An Update on the State of Senior Health
by Reed Tuckson, M.D., and Rhonda Randall, D.O.
May 21, 2014

It’s time to re-think how we approach aging in the U.S.

As more and more Baby Boomers pass their 65th birthday, our country is undergoing a tremendous demographic change... Read More

Opportunities to address rural health disparities
by Alan Morgan
Apr 29, 2014

There is a powerful link between social factors and health.

Rural multicultural and multiracial populations face a combination of factors that create disparities in health care that are not... Read More

Diabetes Wake-Up Call
by Nicole A. Vaughn, PhD
Mar 19, 2014


It’s time for a wake-up call in America when it comes to diabetes.  It is a major cause of heart disease and stroke, as well as kidney failure, adult blindness and non-traumatic... Read More

When it comes to health, education makes a difference
by Russell A Bennett
Feb 14, 2014

For 24 years, America’s Health Rankings has tracked and ranked states based on a range of health measures. From physical inactivity to vaccinations, we have worked to understanding the factors... Read More

Our Rankings Resolutions
by Dr. Reed Tuckson
Jan 23, 2014

As January draws to a close, I am sure many of our well-intentioned New Year’s resolutions are beginning to fade to a dim memory.

In an effort to keep myself motivated and in the spirit... Read More

Positive signs in this year’s America’s Health Rankings
by Dr. Rhonda Randall and Dr. Reed Tuckson
Dec 11, 2013

Today is the official launch of the 2013 edition of United Health Foundation’s America’s Health Rankings® report. This year, we’re cautiously optimistic about what we see in... Read More

Fighting Preventable Diabetes
by Dr. Reed Tuckson
Nov 25, 2013

My state of Minnesota ranked 3rd in the nation for prevalence of diabetes in 2012, meaning it is one of the states with the lowest percentages of adults who say they’ve been told by their doctor... Read More

A Healthier America, One Tweet at a Time
by Reed Tuckson, M.D.
Oct 21, 2013

As my friends and colleagues will tell you, nothing energizes me like a good conversation about improving America’s health. Earlier in my career, such as when I was Commissioner of Public Health... Read More

Celebrating A Heart Health Hero
by Reed Tuckson, M.D.
Sep 22, 2013

The heroes in our life rarely proclaim themselves with capes and theme music, and many of them live their lives without ever receiving the recognition they deserve. That's why our America's... Read More

The Smartest, Healthiest Kids in School
by Reed Tuckson, M.D.
Aug 28, 2013

Backpack. Pencils. Notebooks. Immunizations.

Is a trip to the doctor’s office or clinic on your back-to-school to-do list?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention named... Read More

Ensuring All Americans – Regardless of Age – Can Celebrate Independence
by Rhonda Randall, D.O.
Jul 29, 2013

Independence Day is a special and celebratory time for all Americans, especially seniors. It’s also a time for reflection as we think about how best to ensure that we, as a nation, are championing... Read More

Eliminating Disparities in Health Care
by Dennis Andrulis, Ph.D.
Jun 25, 2013

Demographic changes in states across the country and greater recognition of gaps in access to health services. Combined with  increased attention on  the influence of race, culture and language... Read More

The State of Senior Health: Launching the Inaugural America’s Health Rankings Senior Report
by Reed Tuckson, M.D., and Rhonda Randall, D.O.
May 28, 2013

We are proud to announce that today marks the launch of United Health Foundation’s first-ever America’s Health Rankings Senior Report.

The report provides a comprehensive analysis... Read More

It Takes a Team to Tackle High Blood Pressure
by Janet Wright, M.D., FACC, Million Hearts®
May 09, 2013

As the executive director of Million Hearts®, I am privileged to see how critical and creative strategies, including team-based care for improved blood pressure control,  are encouraging... Read More

A Timely Focus on Senior Health
by Reed Tuckson, M.D.
Apr 30, 2013

Americans are living longer lives, but they are also living sicker lives as more and more senior citizens grapple with preventable chronic conditions such as diabetes and heart disease. This was a... Read More

Making Sure Our Future Doctors Also Get Their “Apple a Day”
by Reed Tuckson, M.D
Mar 27, 2013

Sometimes, a simple question can produce big results. When Carrie Frank, food and nutrition director for Dover-Eyota schools in southeastern Minnesota, stopped by a produce stand one day, she spotted... Read More

Taking On Sudden Cardiac Arrest in the United States
by Joan Mellor, Medtronic Foundation
Feb 26, 2013

Did you know you are more likely to survive a plane crash than sudden cardiac arrest?   

According to the National Transportation Safety Board, you have a 95 percent chance... Read More

In 2013, Let’s Resolve to Leverage Best Practices in Public Health
by Reed Tuckson, M.D.
Jan 29, 2013

There’s no better time than the New Year to reflect on past milestones and set goals for the year ahead. The most recent America's Health Rankings statistics identified key areas where there... Read More

Live 2012 Americas Health Rankings Launch
by Dr Reed Tuckson
Dec 11, 2012

Test blog for comment integration

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The State of America’s Health: United Health Foundation’s 2012 America’s Health Rankings
by Dr. Reed Tuckson
Dec 10, 2012

It’s finally here: The official launch day of United Health Foundation’s 2012 America’s Health Rankings. We at United Health Foundation look forward to this day all year long because... Read More

Preventing Diabetes
by Ann Albright, PhD, RD,, Director of the Division of Diabetes Translation, CDC
Dec 03, 2012


State-by-State, Community-by-Community

According to the latest research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 25 million... Read More

Health Is in the Air You Breathe
by By Reed Tuckson, M.D.
Oct 24, 2012


October 21-27 is Respiratory Care Week, and, in the spirit of lung health awareness, I’d like to focus on a health problem plaguing this country for far too long: smoking.Read More

Cardiovascular Disease: A Health Crisis That Extends Beyond Our Borders
by Nancy Brown
Sep 26, 2012

Cardiovascular disease is our nation’s leading cause of death, claiming more lives than the next three leading causes of death combined. It’s also our nation’s most prevalent illness... Read More

Everybody Deserves a Shot
by Reed Tuckson, M.D.
Aug 23, 2012

Remember when you were a kid headed to the doctor’s office for a yearly check-up? You wouldn’t be alone if you said you dreaded getting shots. Because August is National Immunization Awareness... Read More

A Whole That’s Mightier Than Its Parts
by Kate Rubin, President, United Health Foundation
Jul 23, 2012

As president of United Health Foundation, I am guided by a singular passion to make a difference and to help create a brighter future for us all.  The Foundation has many separate activities... Read More

Using the Web to Bring America’s Health Rankings to Life
by Reed V. Tuckson
Jun 14, 2012

When it comes to improving health, I am a firm believer that knowledge is power and that, as Maya Angelou says, when you know better, you do better. That’s why I was so excited to learn that... Read More

Partnerships to Support Community Members in Achieving and Maintaining a Healthy Weight: Our nation faces an epidemic that we must work together to address
by Mary Jo Condon, Senior Director, St. Louis Area Business Health Coalition
May 16, 2012

Nearly every community in America is in the midst of an epidemic. Approximately 27.5 percent of Americans are obese, according to the 2011 America’s Health Rankings. Incredibly, that’s... Read More

Take Action Now
by Reed V. Tuckson
Apr 25, 2012

We at America’s Health Rankings® get truly excited when we think about the subtitle of our report: A Call to Action for Individuals and Their Communities... Read More

America’s Youth Take a Stand Against Tobacco on Kick Butts Day. Despite progress, Surgeon General warns youth smoking is still a “pediatric epidemic.”
by Abby Michaelsen, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids
Mar 17, 2012

Across America, youth are making a huge difference in the fight against tobacco – the leading preventable cause of death in the United States.  We’re educating each other about the... Read More

February is Heart Health Month. And it’s also Black History Month. So it seems fitting to talk about African Americans and heart disease.
by Reed Tuckson
Feb 13, 2012

You’ve probably heard it before, but African Americans have a BIG problem with heart disease and America’s Health Rankings proves this. While the report showed improvements in smoking... Read More

MaineHealth's Health Index initiative
by Deborah A. Deatrick
Jan 18, 2012


Dr. Tuckson is absolutely right - we are clearly ALL in this together - health care providers, hospitals, government, public health agencies, communities, and individuals. As an activist... Read More

22nd Edition of America's Health Rankings
by Dr. Reed Tuckson
Dec 05, 2011

Today, we at United Health Foundation are pleased to release the 22nd Edition of America’s Health Rankings®... Read More