Kentucky

Kentucky

Overall Rank: 45

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

Strengths

  • Low prevalence of binge drinking
  • Low violent crime rate
  • Low incidence of infectious diseases

Challenges

  • High prevalence of smoking
  • High rate of preventable hospitalizations
  • High rate of cancer deaths

Highlights

  • Kentucky has the highest smoking rate in the nation at 28.3 percent of the adult population, with more than 930,000 adult smokers in the state.
  • In the past year, the prevalence of obesity increased from 30.4 percent to 31.3 percent of adults; more than 1.0 million adults are obese in Kentucky—almost one-third of the adult population.
  • In the past year, immunization coverage among children decreased from 77.6 percent to 68.2 percent of children aged 19 to 35 months.
  • The high school graduation rate increased by more than 15 percent since 2003, with a new high this year of 79.9 percent of incoming ninth graders who graduate within 4 years.
  • This year, the number of children in poverty exceeds 1 in 4 persons younger than 18 years; the first time since 1995. In 2001 it was less than 1 in 6 persons younger than 18 years.
  • After 2 decades of steady increases, the percentage of low birthweight infants stabilized around 9.1 percent of births for the past 4 years, which is still a high rate.

Disparities

  • In Kentucky, 47.1 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 17.9 percent with less than a high school education, resulting in a gap of 29.2 percent.

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Core Measure Impact

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Core Measures

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Measures Rank Value History Take Action
Air Pollution 44 11.1 view View Actions
All Determinants 44 -0.425 view View Actions
All Outcomes 47 -0.29 view View Actions
Binge Drinking 12 14.9 view View Actions
Cancer Deaths 50 226.9 view View Actions
Cardiovascular Deaths 43 299.8 view View Actions
Children in Poverty 44 26.9 view View Actions
Chlamydia 19 383.2 view View Actions
Dentists 25 56.4 view View Actions
Diabetes 38 10.7 view View Actions
Disparity in Health Status 21 29.2 view View Actions
Drug Deaths 47 19.6 view View Actions
High School Graduation 23 79.9 view View Actions
Immunization - Adolescents 34 59.3 view View Actions
Immunization - Children 28 68.2 view View Actions
Infant Mortality 32 6.85 view View Actions
Infectious Disease 10 -0.421 view View Actions
Lack of Health Insurance 33 15.0 view View Actions
Low Birthweight 43 9.1 view View Actions
Obesity 42 31.3 view View Actions
Occupational Fatalities 34 5.2 view View Actions
Overall 45 -0.716 view View Actions
Pertussis 21 4.1 view View Actions
Physical Inactivity 46 29.6 view View Actions
Poor Mental Health Days 49 4.9 view View Actions
Poor Physical Health Days 50 5.3 view View Actions
Premature Death 45 9622 view View Actions
Preventable Hospitalizations 49 102.9 view View Actions
Primary Care Physicians 36 102.5 view View Actions
Public Health Funding 24 84.71 view View Actions
Salmonella 26 14.0 view View Actions
Smoking 50 28.3 view View Actions
Violent Crime 8 222.6 view View Actions


Supplemental Measures

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Measures Rank Value History Take Action
Cholesterol Check 23 75.7 view View Actions
Dental Visit, Annual 41 60.3 view View Actions
Fruits 44 0.8 view View Actions
Health Status 47 44.4 view View Actions
Heart Attack 48 6.61 view View Actions
Heart Disease 47 6.1 view View Actions
High Blood Pressure 46 38 view View Actions
High Cholesterol 43 41.3 view View Actions
Income Disparity 34 0.4667 view View Actions
Low Health Status 48 23.88 view View Actions
Median Household Income 47 41086 view View Actions
Obesity - Youth 16.5 view View Actions
Personal Income, Per Capita 44 35041 view View Actions
Preterm Birth 46 13.4 view View Actions
Stroke 48 4.24 view View Actions
Suicide 30 14.4 view View Actions
Teen Birth Rate 43 43.5 view View Actions
Underemployment Rate 27 13.8 view View Actions
Unemployment Rate, Annual 31 8 view View Actions
Vegetables 23 0.79 view View Actions
Youth Smoking 24.1 view View Actions