Hawaii's strengths, according to the report, are a low uninsured population, a low prevalnce of obesity and a low rate of preventable hospitalization. That is the largest improvement for any state since 2012 but is still 2.5 percent higher than the national average of 17.1 percent. Instead, it's MA that's the healthiest state (followed closely by Hawaii).
The state-by-state ranking is aimed at highlighting positive and negative health trends. "Similarly, Massachusetts and New Jersey have more than 80 dentists per 100,000 population, while Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama and DE have fewer than 45 dentists per 100,000 population".
Paced by the lowest smoking rate ever recorded, Oklahoma moved up three spots to 43rd in America's Health Rankings, issued by the United Health Foundation. Instead, it's based on a model that takes into account physical, mental and social well-being (think: air pollution, obesity rates, number of health-care providers, number of smokers and physical inactivity metrics)-so when the annual report is released, ranking all 50 states on their "healthiness", it's noteworthy.
MS is ranked 50th for the second year in a row with Louisiana (49), Arkansas (48), Alabama (47) and West Virginia (46) rounding out the states with greatest opportunities for improvement. The most recent report reveals the nation's serious public health problems, such as increases in premature death and disproportionate concentration of health care providers, according to the report's executive summary. Health outcomes are also used to rank states.