West Virginia

West Virginia

Overall Rank: 46

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  • 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 infectious diseases
  • High per capita public health funding

Challenges

  • High prevalences of smoking & physical inactivity
  • High prevalences of obesity & diabetes
  • High rate of preventable hospitalizations

Highlights

  • West Virginia has the second highest rate of smoking at 28.2 percent of the adult population; 409,000 adults smoke in the state.
  • In the past year, the prevalence of obesity increased from 32.4 percent to 33.8 percent of adults; 490,000 adults are obese in the state.
  • West Virginia has the second highest rate of physical inactivity at 31.0 percent of the adult population; 450,000 adults are physically inactive in the state.
  • In the past 5 years, children in poverty decreased from 24.0 percent to 19.0 percent of persons younger than 18 years.
  • In the past year, immunization coverage among adolescents increased from 47.9 percent to 56.1 percent of persons aged 13 to 17 years.
  • In the past 10 years, the percentage of low birthweight increased by 14 percent from 8.3 percent to 9.6 percent of births.

Disparities

  • In West Virginia, 44.8 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 20.3 percent with less than a high school education, resulting in a gap of 24.5 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 40 10.7 view View Actions
All Determinants 45 -0.433 view View Actions
All Outcomes 48 -0.293 view View Actions
Binge Drinking 1 10.2 view View Actions
Cancer Deaths 47 219.1 view View Actions
Cardiovascular Deaths 45 311 view View Actions
Children in Poverty 23 19 view View Actions
Chlamydia 4 231.8 view View Actions
Dentists 46 47.3 view View Actions
Diabetes 50 13 view View Actions
Disparity in Health Status 9 24.6 view View Actions
Drug Deaths 49 22.0 view View Actions
High School Graduation 28 78.3 view View Actions
Immunization - Adolescents 41 56.1 view View Actions
Immunization - Children 49 60.8 view View Actions
Infant Mortality 41 7.52 view View Actions
Infectious Disease 1 -0.904 view View Actions
Lack of Health Insurance 32 14.8 view View Actions
Low Birthweight 46 9.6 view View Actions
Obesity 47 33.8 view View Actions
Occupational Fatalities 42 7.2 view View Actions
Overall 46 -0.727 view View Actions
Pertussis 26 5.5 view View Actions
Physical Inactivity 49 31 view View Actions
Poor Mental Health Days 47 4.5 view View Actions
Poor Physical Health Days 49 5.1 view View Actions
Premature Death 48 9959 view View Actions
Preventable Hospitalizations 50 103.1 view View Actions
Primary Care Physicians 34 105.5 view View Actions
Public Health Funding 3 139.97 view View Actions
Salmonella 6 9.1 view View Actions
Smoking 49 28.2 view View Actions
Violent Crime 24 316.3 view View Actions


Supplemental Measures

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Measures Rank Value History Take Action
Cholesterol Check 7 80.5 view View Actions
Dental Visit, Annual 47 56.4 view View Actions
Fruits 47 0.73 view View Actions
Health Status 50 41.6 view View Actions
Heart Attack 50 7.43 view View Actions
Heart Disease 49 8.5 view View Actions
High Blood Pressure 45 37 view View Actions
High Cholesterol 40 40.5 view View Actions
Income Disparity 29 0.4638 view View Actions
Low Health Status 50 25.22 view View Actions
Median Household Income 42 43553 view View Actions
Obesity - Youth 14.6 view View Actions
Personal Income, Per Capita 47 34477 view View Actions
Preterm Birth 38 12.7 view View Actions
Stroke 47 4.17 view View Actions
Suicide 30 14.4 view View Actions
Teen Birth Rate 43 43.5 view View Actions
Underemployment Rate 21 13.1 view View Actions
Unemployment Rate, Annual 25 7.4 view View Actions
Vegetables 29 0.78 view View Actions
Youth Smoking 19.1 view View Actions