Iowa

Iowa

Overall Rank: 18

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IA All Outcomes (1990-2013) see more
  • Weighted sum of the number of standard deviations each core outcome is from the national average.

Strengths

  • High rate of high school graduation
  • Low percentage of children in poverty
  • Few poor mental & physical health days per month

Challenges

  • High prevalence of obesity
  • High prevalence of binge drinking
  • Limited availability of primary care physicians

Highlights

  • In the past year, the prevalence of smoking decreased from 20.4 percent of adults to 18.1 percent; almost 420,000 adults still smoke in the state.
  • There are more than 700,000 obese adults in Iowa, and more than 530,000 adults are physically inactive in the state.
  • In the past year, the prevalence of diabetes increased from 8.2 percent to 9.7 percent of adults.
  • The infant mortality rate in Iowa is at a historical low at 4.7 deaths per 1,000 live births.
  • In the past 10 years, the rate of cardiovascular deaths decreased by a quarter from 319.1 to 253.9 deaths per 100,000 population.
  • This year, Iowa is ranked 18th, the lowest rank in the 24 year history of the rankings; in the early 1990’s, Iowa was among the top 10 states.

Disparities

  • In Iowa, 57.3 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 25.2 percent with less than a high school education, resulting in a gap of 32.1 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 34 9.9 view View Actions
All Determinants 22 0.163 view View Actions
All Outcomes 13 0.155 view View Actions
Binge Drinking 45 21.7 view View Actions
Cancer Deaths 22 189.3 view View Actions
Cardiovascular Deaths 29 253.9 view View Actions
Children in Poverty 6 13.4 view View Actions
Chlamydia 7 249.1 view View Actions
Dentists 27 55.7 view View Actions
Diabetes 23 9.7 view View Actions
Disparity in Health Status 38 32.1 view View Actions
Drug Deaths 6 7.6 view View Actions
High School Graduation 5 87.9 view View Actions
Immunization - Adolescents 35 59.3 view View Actions
Immunization - Children 7 74.8 view View Actions
Infant Mortality 4 4.73 view View Actions
Infectious Disease 8 -0.493 view View Actions
Lack of Health Insurance 8 10.1 view View Actions
Low Birthweight 7 6.5 view View Actions
Obesity 39 30.4 view View Actions
Occupational Fatalities 39 6 view View Actions
Overall 18 0.317 view View Actions
Pertussis 35 7.7 view View Actions
Physical Inactivity 27 23.1 view View Actions
Poor Mental Health Days 4 3 view View Actions
Poor Physical Health Days 6 3.3 view View Actions
Premature Death 15 6491 view View Actions
Preventable Hospitalizations 25 60.5 view View Actions
Primary Care Physicians 46 84.7 view View Actions
Public Health Funding 37 57.79 view View Actions
Salmonella 29 14.8 view View Actions
Smoking 18 18.1 view View Actions
Violent Crime 16 263.9 view View Actions


Supplemental Measures

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Measures Rank Value History Take Action
Cholesterol Check 30 73.7 view View Actions
Dental Visit, Annual 9 71.1 view View Actions
Fruits 27 0.98 view View Actions
Health Status 11 55.6 view View Actions
Heart Attack 37 5.07 view View Actions
Heart Disease 30 4.6 view View Actions
High Blood Pressure 17 29.9 view View Actions
High Cholesterol 23 38.1 view View Actions
Income Disparity 7 0.4328 view View Actions
Low Health Status 8 13.99 view View Actions
Median Household Income 18 53442 view View Actions
Obesity - Youth 13.2 view View Actions
Personal Income, Per Capita 22 42126 view View Actions
Preterm Birth 22 11.1 view View Actions
Stroke 29 3.01 view View Actions
Suicide 16 12.3 view View Actions
Teen Birth Rate 15 25.3 view View Actions
Underemployment Rate 5 10 view View Actions
Unemployment Rate, Annual 4 5.1 view View Actions
Vegetables 23 0.79 view View Actions
Youth Smoking 18.1 view View Actions