America’s Health Rankings Annual Reports Lists Wisconsin’s New Ranking

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America’s Health Rankings Annual Report is out for 2017 and Wisconsin comes in at 21 overall this year. It’s a one spot drop from last years ranking. 

The following are the factors and data that went into compiling the ranking:

Wisconsin Highlights:
• In the past year, diabetes increased 17% from 8.4% to 9.8% of adults
• In the past five years, the percentage uninsured decreased 44% from 9.9% to 5.5% of the population
• In the past two years, excessive drinking increased 12% from 23.3% to 26.2% of adults
• In the past eight years, air pollution decreased 35% from 11.3 to 7.4 micrograms of fine particles per cubic meter
• In the past 10 years, drug deaths increased 89% from 8.0 to 15.1 deaths per 100,000 population

Strengths:
• Low percentage of uninsured population
• High percentage of high school graduation
• Low prevalence of physical inactivity

Challenges:
• High prevalence of excessive drinking
• High incidence of pertussis
• Low per capita public health funding
 

Additional information is available at https://www.americashealthrankings.org/

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