The 26th annual America’s Health Rankings report, compiled by the United Health Foundation, is out today and shows Iowa has climbed two places in the overall rankings to 22nd in the nation. While the report represents a snapshot in time, it does give an indication of some of the public health successes Iowa has seen in the last year, along with remaining challenge
According to the report, Iowa’s rank has improved in several areas, including:
- Adults who smoke (ranking has improved from 28th in 2014 to 26th in 2015.
- Obesity (ranking has improved from 39th in 2014 to 35th in 2015)
- Physical Inactivity (ranking has improved from 39th in 2014 to 25th in 2015)
- Excessive drinking (48th in the nation)
- Low immunization coverage among adolescents (44th in the nation)
America’s Health Rankings are built upon the WHO definition of health: “Health is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” It is based on the premise that determinants of health directly influence health outcomes. The model has evolved over the last 25 years, but its emphasis on health determinants remains, and today the determinants account for three-quarters of each state’s final ranking. The determinants are divided into four categories: behavior, community and environment, policy, and clinical care.
To see the 2015 America’s Health Rankings report and Iowa’s rankings, visit www.americashealthrankings.org/.