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 of senior population health rankings on both national and state levels, and it comes at a critical time. Americans are living longer but sicker lives, and America’s senior population is poised to grow 53 percent between 2015 and 2030. United Health Foundation sees this as our time to call for individuals, families, communities and organizations to take action to improve senior health and well-being.
The 2013 report shows that Minnesota leads the nation in state senior health rankings, followed by Vermont (2), New Hampshire (3), Massachusetts (4) and Iowa (5). The five states with the most challenges for senior health are Mississippi (50), followed by Oklahoma (49), Louisiana (48), West Virginia (47) and Arkansas (46).
While we know everyone’s first question is where their state ranks, we want to emphasize that the United Health Foundation commissioned this report not to see who was “winning” or “losing” but to examine the health challenges affecting today’s seniors while driving a conversation about how to take action to improve senior health.
As always, we want to provide you with the tools to take this action. Just as with our annual report, the America’s Health Rankings Senior Report includes commentaries that illustrate the complexities of senior health while providing examples of how senior health can be improved on the community level, as well as through broader initiatives.
You can review the full rankings and read the commentaries on the America’s Health Rankings website. We’ve even added to the Take Action Resource Library, taking into account this new data on the health of those 65 and older in order to provide resources that help you enact healthy changes for your family, your community and your state that will support a thriving senior generation.
Dr. Reed Tuckson
A graduate of Howard University, Georgetown University School of Medicine, and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania’s General Internal Medicine Residency and Fellowship Programs, Dr. Tuckson is currently Executive Vice President and Chief of Medical Affairs at UnitedHealth Group where he is responsible for working with all of the Company’s business units to improve the quality and efficiency of health services.
Dr. Rhonda Randall
Rhonda L. Randall, D.O., is the chief medical officer of UnitedHealthcare Medicare & Retirement, the nation’s largest business dedicated to the health and well-being of seniors and other Medicare beneficiaries. Dr. Randall is responsible for clinical strategy for the business, and she oversees and ensures effective execution of clinical programs and operations, Medicare payment management, and physician engagement. She also coordinates the business’ clinical initiatives with those of UnitedHealth Group’s other businesses. Dr. Randall is a fellowship-trained geriatrician and is board certified in family practice as well as hospice and palliative medicine. Dr. Randall earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, PA, and was recently honored as one of the college’s Alumni of Distinction. She earned her medical degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed her internship, family practice residency and geriatrics fellowship at Florida Hospital in Orlando, where she served as chief intern and chief resident.
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Dr. Tuckson is an active member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and served as the Chairperson of its Quality Chasm Summit Committee and a member on their Committee on the Consequences of the Uninsured. Currently, he serves as Chair of the Secretary of Health and Human Services’ Advisory Committee on Genetics, Health and Society. Additionally, he recently served as a Commissioner, Certification Commission on Health Information Technology (CCHIT); and is currently a member of the Performance Measurement Workgroup, Ambulatory Care Quality Alliance (AQA); and the Quality Workgroup, American Health Information Community (AHIC).
Dr. Tuckson has also held other federal appointments, including cabinet level advisory committees on health reform, infant mortality, children's health, violence, and radiation testing.