NC Health Ranking and Healthcare Links

NC Health Stats and Ranking – United Health Foundation, America’s Health Rankings

NC’s 2011 State Health Ranking: 32 (up from 35 in 2010)

Highlights from 2011 America’s Health Rankings report:

  • In the past five years, the percentage of children in poverty increased from 18.3 percent to 27.6 percent of persons under age 18.
  • In the past ten years, diabetes increased from 6.4 percent to 9.8 percent of adults. There are now 711,000 adults with diabetes in the state.
  • In the past ten years, obesity increased from 21.8 percent to 28.6 percent of adults; now, there are nearly 2.1 million obese adults in North Carolina.
  • While smoking has decreased from 26.1 percent to 19.8 percent of adults in the past ten years, more than 1.4 million adults still smoke in the state.

Areas where NC ranked 30th or higher:

  • Smoking 36 – Based on percentage of adults who smoke
  • Obesity 30 – Based on percentage of adults who are obese
  • High School Graduation 36 – Based on percentage of incoming ninth graders who will graduate from High School
  • Air Pollution 35 – Based on micrograms of fine particles per cubic meter
  • Lack of Health Insurance 38 – Based on percentage of NC residents without coverage
  • Public Health Funding 42 – Based on dollars spent per resident
  • Diabetes 36 – Based on percentage of adults with Diabetes
  • Infant Morality 46 – Based on deaths per 1,000 live births
  • Cardiovascular Deaths 31 – Based on deaths per 100,000 population
  • Cancer Deaths 35 – Based on deaths per 100,000 population
  • Premature Deaths 36 – Based on years lost per 100,000 popluation

Health Disparities:

In North Carolina, obesity is more prevalent among non-Hispanic blacks at 42.4 percent than non-Hispanic whites at 26.7 percent and Hispanics at 26.0 percent. Diabetes also varies by race and ethnicity in the state; 15.3 percent of non-Hispanic blacks have diabetes compared to 8.7 percent of non-Hispanic whites and 4.9 percent of Hispanics.

Additional Links for Healthcare Research:

Average Cost of U.S. Health Coverage per Employee is Expected to Cross the $10,000 Threshold for the First Time in 2012, According to Aon Hewitt

Average Family Premium per Enrolled Employee For Employer-Based Health Insurance, 2010

Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

One Great Idea for Reducing Health Care Costs: Use Technology to Bring Back House Calls – Forbes 11/28/11

More to come…