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Rank of Ocean State's healthiness declines for third straight year

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By editor
June 27, 2014

How healthy is living in Rhode Island? It’s worrisome, according to the 2013 edition of America’s Health Rankings® by the United Health Foundation. After peaking at #10 for three years – 2008, 2009, and 2010 – the state’s ranking has fallen for three straight years, and is now at #19.

Why Rhode Island was ranked #29

What’s causing the steady decline? The report listed several health challenges: among them a high rate of drug deaths and high rate of preventable hospitalizations.

That’s not to say there’s no encouraging news: smoking and physical inactivity are on the decline and the state has seen a steady decline in the rate of cardiovascular deaths over the past decade. The state also has the highest ranking of any state for percentage of adolescents immunized and has the third-best rating for number of primary care physicians per 100,000 population.

For more details see the United Health Foundation’s latest findings on Rhode Island.

Trust for America’s Health is another source for key Rhode Island 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 Rhode Islandhere.

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State snapshot too large? Get county-by-county health rankings for Rhode Island, from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Population Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin.

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Rhode Island Office of the Health Insurance Commissioner

A dedicated office to aid health insurance consumers and promote the state health care system. Follow the links at left to access consumer…

State of Rhode Island Healthcare Reform Commission

Created by executive order of Governor Lincoln Chafee to make Rhode Island a leader in implementing national health care…

The Rhode Island Medical Assistance Program (Medicaid)

A federal and state funded program that pays for medical and health related services for eligible Rhode…

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