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The 2017 America’s Health Rankings Annual Report finds:
  • For the first time, Massachusetts ranks as the healthiest state
  • Florida (No. 32) and Utah (No. 4) made the biggest improvements.
  • For the third consecutive year, premature death increased nationally. Cardiovascular deaths and drug deaths also increased.
  • States have unique successes and challenges. Some states are making improvements in areas the nation is struggling with, such as drug deaths, smoking, obesity and diabetes, while several of the highest ranking states are experiencing increases in measures of mortality.
  • Long-term challenges remain including infant mortality and low birthweight.
  • The number of primary care physicians, dentists and mental health providers per 100,000 population varies widely by state. Mental health providers is a new measure in the 2017 edition.
  • Each state has a different profile of high health status prevalence when examined by gender, race and ethnicity, household income, education and urbanicity.

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