North Carolina

North Carolina

Overall Rank: 35

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NC 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 incidence of pertussis infections
  • High immunization coverage among children

Challenges

  • High incidence of chlamydia & Salmonella infections
  • Limited availability of dentists
  • High infant mortality rate & high prevalence of low birthweight

Highlights

  • Although physical inactivity decreased by 7.2 percent in the past year, it remains high at 24.9 percent of adults; 1.8 million adults are physically inactive in the state.
  • In the past 5 years, air pollution decreased by 34 percent from 12.9 to 9.6 micrograms of fine particulate per cubic meter.
  • In the past year, immunization coverage among children increased from 65.6 percent to 75.4 percent of children aged 15 to 35 months.
  • In the past 5 years, the rate of preventable hospitalizations decreased by 25 percent from 75.1 to 60.2 discharges per 1,000 Medicare enrollees.
  • Although the infant mortality rate decreased slightly in the past year, it remains high at 7.5 infant deaths per 1,000 live births.
  • In the past 10 years, the rate of cardiovascular deaths decreased by 36 percent from 357.6 to 262.5 deaths per 100,000 population.

Disparities

  • In North Carolina, 53.7 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 21.6 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 28 9.6 view View Actions
All Determinants 34 -0.177 view View Actions
All Outcomes 36 -0.07 view View Actions
Binge Drinking 7 13.1 view View Actions
Cancer Deaths 33 196 view View Actions
Cardiovascular Deaths 32 262.5 view View Actions
Children in Poverty 38 24.7 view View Actions
Chlamydia 43 574.9 view View Actions
Dentists 47 46.7 view View Actions
Diabetes 33 10.4 view View Actions
Disparity in Health Status 38 32.1 view View Actions
Drug Deaths 24 12.3 view View Actions
High School Graduation 32 76.9 view View Actions
Immunization - Adolescents 22 63.9 view View Actions
Immunization - Children 5 75.4 view View Actions
Infant Mortality 40 7.47 view View Actions
Infectious Disease 43 0.438 view View Actions
Lack of Health Insurance 38 16.7 view View Actions
Low Birthweight 41 9 view View Actions
Obesity 33 29.6 view View Actions
Occupational Fatalities 27 4.7 view View Actions
Overall 35 -0.247 view View Actions
Pertussis 9 2.1 view View Actions
Physical Inactivity 37 24.9 view View Actions
Poor Mental Health Days 28 3.9 view View Actions
Poor Physical Health Days 24 3.9 view View Actions
Premature Death 36 7892 view View Actions
Preventable Hospitalizations 23 60.2 view View Actions
Primary Care Physicians 26 114.9 view View Actions
Public Health Funding 41 51.2 view View Actions
Salmonella 43 26.6 view View Actions
Smoking 33 20.9 view View Actions
Violent Crime 28 353.4 view View Actions


Supplemental Measures

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Measures Rank Value History Take Action
Cholesterol Check 14 78.4 view View Actions
Dental Visit, Annual 32 64.9 view View Actions
Fruits 40 0.87 view View Actions
Health Status 35 50.1 view View Actions
Heart Attack 29 4.58 view View Actions
Heart Disease 26 4.4 view View Actions
High Blood Pressure 33 32.4 view View Actions
High Cholesterol 26 38.5 view View Actions
Income Disparity 36 0.4691 view View Actions
Low Health Status 40 19.33 view View Actions
Median Household Income 46 41553 view View Actions
Obesity - Youth 12.9 view View Actions
Personal Income, Per Capita 38 37049 view View Actions
Preterm Birth 37 12.6 view View Actions
Stroke 35 3.15 view View Actions
Suicide 16 12.3 view View Actions
Teen Birth Rate 33 34.9 view View Actions
Underemployment Rate 44 16.3 view View Actions
Unemployment Rate, Annual 45 9.2 view View Actions
Vegetables 18 0.8 view View Actions
Youth Smoking 17.7 view View Actions