Alaska is 29th in state health ranking

Runner up healthy states included Hawaii, Vermont, Utah, and CT, while the lowest rankings were given to Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Alabama, and West Virginia, especially because of high rates of childhood poverty, obesity, and smoking.

The Bay State obtained the distinction in part due to possessing the reasonable percentage of uninsured residents at just 2.7% of the population, plus a meager pervasiveness of bulk and a vast numeral of mental health contributors.

MS ranked 50th for the least healthy state, according to the survey. Some states have six times the number of mental health providers as other states, the report points out.

As the report notes, the United States ranks 27th in life expectancy among the 35 countries in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

Notwithstanding years of endeavors to try and out wellbeing abberations over the United States, a few states are significantly more advantageous than others, as indicated by another report.

The rankings take into account a variety of health factors, such as rates of infectious diseases, obesity, physical inactivity, smoking and infant mortality, as well as air pollution levels and the availability of health care providers. Drug deaths have decreased slightly, and preventable hospitalizations have decreased by almost forty percent. This year's report shows that the country's overall health is declining.

Florida, which also rose four places to No. 32, made strides in lowering the percentage of children in poverty and improving on mental health.

The 2017 annual report has unveiled that the country is going through serious public health challenges, including an uneven distribution of health care providers and rising rates of premature deaths. "This is a call to action for each of us to make changes in our own lifestyles that can help improve our overall health and well-being".

Disparities include the findings that there are 547 mental health professionals per 100,000 in MA, compared with only 85 per 100,000 in Alabama, and rates of vaccination with the full HPV vaccine series among girls ranged from 31% in SC to 73% in Rhode Island.

  • Wendy Palmer