America’s Health Rankings has released its latest Health of Women and Children Report. This year the health of Tennessee’s women, infants and children ranked 43rd in the country, down a spot from 2016 when this report was last issued. Attached is a summary with highlights of the findings.
This comprehensive analysis of 62 health indicators, including those that examine the community and environment, clinical care, behaviors, policies and health outcomes, provides a better understanding of the changing health of women and children across the country and state-by-state.
The report highlights several strengths in Tennessee, including:
- High percentage of high school graduation
- High prevalence of cervical cancer screening
- Low prevalence of alcohol consumption in last three months of pregnancy
And some challenges:
- High prevalence of overweight or obesity among children
- High prevalence of household smoke
- High prevalence of obesity among women
Knowing these key populations are fundamental to healthy communities and a healthy nation, and this year’s update can help states and communities craft data-driven solutions to address the most pressing local health and well-being concerns.