Alabama Ranks 47th in Newly Released America’s Health Rankings® Annual Report

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(PR) -- United Health Foundation’s America’s Health Rankings® Annual Report is the longest-running annual assessment of the nation’s health on a state-by-state basis. For 28 years, the report has analyzed a comprehensive set of data on behaviors, community and environment, policy, clinical care and outcomes to provide a holistic view of the health of the nation. For more information, visit

Alabama’s overall rank is #47, which is its same spot from 2016.

Report Highlights:
• Alabama has the lowest concentration of mental health providers (85 per 100K population)
• In the past three years, drug deaths increased 22% from 11.7 to 14.3 deaths per 100,000 population 

• In the past 10 years, air pollution decreased 37% from 14.2 to 8.9 micrograms of fine particles per cubic meter 

• In the past year, cardiovascular deaths increased 2% from 332.9 to 339.6 deaths per 100,000 population 

• In the past year, immunizations among children increased 9% from 70.6% to 77.3% of children aged 19 to 35 months 

• In the past five years, diabetes increased 24% from 11.8% to 14.6% of adults 

• Alabama’s strengths include: High immunization coverage among children; low prevalence of excessive drinking; and small disparity in health status by educational attainment

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