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America’s Health Rankings® and America’s Health Rankings® Health of Those Who Have Served Report were built upon the World Health Organization definition of health: “Health is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”
The America’s Health Rankings model reflects that determinants of health—Behaviors, Policy, Clinical Care, and Community and Environment—directly influence health outcomes.
The Health of Those Who Have Served Report focuses on three of the four determinants: Behaviors, Clinical Care, and Policy to provide a picture of veterans’ health. We anticipate that future editions of this report will also include an analysis of Community and Environment determinants to provide a more comprehensive portrait of the health and well-being of those who have served this country.