MA is America's healthiest state, according to new rankings

MA is America's healthiest state, according to new rankings

Henrietta Brewer
December 13, 2017

MI slipped one spot from a year ago to 35th in the nation for overall health in 2017, according to an annual ranking from United Health Foundation.

"This report highlights the notable progress that our state is making to improve the health and well-being of every individual living in the Commonwealth", Gov. Charlie Baker said in a statement.

The premature death rate increased for the third year in a row.

The state with the highest concentration of mental health care providers, Massachusetts, has six times the number of mental health care providers than the state with the least amount, Alabama.

The rate of drug deaths increased in New Hampshire by 118 percent, in MA by 69 percent, and in Rhode Island by 56 percent.

It also fell from a ranking of 31 in drug deaths last year to 35 this year.

In the past five years, Utah (ranked as the fourth healthiest state) experienced one of the largest increases in the rate of cardiovascular deaths (10 percent, with additional 21-plus deaths per 100,000 people).

But not all aspects of health were rosy for the Bay State. Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama and DE have fewer than 45 dentists per 100,000 people.

Behind Massachusetts came Hawaii in second place, followed my Vermont, Utah and CT in that order for the top five healthiest states.

America's Health Rankings, the longest-running assessment of the nation's health on a state-by-state basis, is the product of a partnership between United Health Foundation and the American Public Health Association.

If you live in MA, you may be healthier and have greater access to healthcare providers, according to a new report. The 2017 report also ranked Massachusetts No. 1 for the health of women and children.

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