Colorado Ranked Among Healthiest In The Country

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.

MA got good marks in the report for having the highest concentration of mental health providers (547.3 per 100,000 population), more than 200 primary care physicians per 100,000 people, and more than 80 dentists per 100,000 people. Last year, MA ranked second, behind Hawaii.

North Dakota saw the largest rank decline in the annual report, the state fell seven places to rank at number 18 due to its decline in immunization for children and higher rates of salmonella and smoking.

The 50 states of the US might be united, but they differ vastly when it comes to health, according to a new report.

Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, and Rhode Island had more than 200 primary care physicians per 100,000 population compared with Utah and Idaho, which had fewer than 100 primary care physicians per 100,000. Data from the District of Columbia was included in the report but not in the rankings.

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Massachusetts, despite being the healthiest state, had a 69 percent increase in drug deaths since 2012. They face excessive health problems in accordance with the report, involving an excessive generality of smoking, weight issues and children in destitution. "This report serves as an important tool for healthcare professionals, policy makers, and communities in their collaborative efforts to address these challenges, and help build healthier communities across the nation", Rhonda Randall, DO, senior adviser to United Health Foundation, and chief medical officer of UnitedHealthcare Retiree Solutions, said in a statement. Utah and Florida had the largest improvements in the rankings since the 2016 report.

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

MA did rank in the bottom 10 for drug deaths, however, with 19.8 drug deaths per 100,000 people.

Yet even the healthiest states were not immune to the opioid crisis or negative effects of rising obesity and cardiovascular risks across the nation.

For example, MA has more than six times the concentration of mental health providers than Alabama, which has the lowest concentration of any state at 85 providers per 100,000 people.

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