Mississippi health insurance
There's nowhere to go but up for Magnolia State in annual survey of states' health
June 11, 2014
How healthy is living in Mississippi? As they say, there’s nowhere to go but up from here: For the second year running, the state came in dead last the annual America’s Health Rankings® by the United Health Foundation.
Why Mississippi was ranked #50
Mississippi’s ranking is strained by a long list of health challenges, including the highest rates of infectious disease, highest numbers of of salmonella cases per 100,000 population, high infant mortality and incidences of cardiovascular deaths and other premature deaths.
There are actually bright spots: low rates of binge drinking, low incidence of pertussis and an increasing rate of immunization coverage among adolescents.
For more details see the United Health Foundation’s latest findings on Mississippi.
Trust for America’s Health is another source for key Mississippi health quality findings.
In addition, 2010’s federal health reform, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), included the creation of a prevention fund to provide more than $16 billion over the next 10 years to invest in effective, proven prevention efforts, like childhood obesity prevention and tobacco cessation, and the site has a report on how it impacts Mississippihere.
Get local health results
State snapshot too large? Get county-by-county health rankings for Mississippi, from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Population Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin.