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2015 Wisconsin Health Trends: Making Wisconsin the Healthiest State

February 5, 2016

The Wisconsin State Health Plan for 2020 established a goal for all state residents to live longer and better. Progress toward this goal can be measured by monitoring health outcomes -- and the factors that contribute to those outcomes -- for the state's overall population, as well as by considering the health status of specific populations within the state. This fourth annual report assesses progress for 19 indicators of health outcomes and factors in Wisconsin by examining trends over the past 10 years and determining whether current rates are better or worse than expected. Approach Ten-year baseline trends for 19 leading health indicators were measured and compared to an improvement of one percent per year, the standard developed for the federal Healthy People 2020. To assess recent progress, the most current rate for each indicator was compared to the expected rate had the baseline trend continued. In addition, where data are available, we have analyzed 10 year trends on these leading health indicators broken out by gender, race and ethnicity, geography, and socioeconomic status. These detailed analyses are available online. Results When considering the overall population of the state, the 2015 report shows that the baseline mortality trends for all age groups in Wisconsin continue to improve, with the exception of the group of 25-64 year olds, for whom the mortality rate has remained stable. The greatest improvement in mortality is among children and young adults (ages 1-24). One health outcome, self-reported health, remains a cause for concern with an increasing percentage of adults reporting their health as fair or poor. Within health behaviors, the rates of smoking, teen births, and excessive drinking continue to show improvement with decreasing trends while obesity rates continue to rise. Although the most recent values for all socioeconomic factors were better than expected, the overall trends continue to worsen for all of these factors, including high school drop-outs, unemployment, children in poverty, and violent crime rate. However, these patterns of improving health do not hold true for all of the subgroups that make up the state's population, e.g.: The percentage of children in poverty is much higher for those living in urban counties compared with those living in rural, non-urban, and suburban counties.African American infants are almost twice as likely to be born at a low birthweight compared with infants of other racial/ethnic subgroups.Smoking rates are more than four times higher for those without a high school degree compared with those with a college degree.Male death rates are higher than female death rates across all age groups.

Alabama Health Gaps Report: What's Driving Health Differences Across the State and How Can Those Gaps Be Closed?

November 17, 2015

Why is there so much difference in the health of residents in one county compared to other counties in the same state? In this report, the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps program explores how wide gaps are throughout Alabama and what is driving those differences. This information can help Alabama state leaders as they identify ways for everyone to have a fair chance to lead the healthiest life possible. Specifically, this document can help state leaders understand: 1. What health gaps are and why they matter 2. The size and nature of the health gaps among counties within Alabama 3. What factors are influencing the health of residents, and 4. What state and local communities can do to address health gaps

Alaska Health Gaps Report: What's Driving Health Differences Across the State and How Can Those Gaps Be Closed?

November 17, 2015

Why is there so much difference in the health of residents in one county compared to other counties in the same state? In this report, the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps program explores how wide gaps are throughout Alaska and what is driving those differences. This information can help Alaska state leaders as they identify ways for everyone to have a fair chance to lead the healthiest life possible. Specifically, this document can help state leaders understand: 1. What health gaps are and why they matter 2. The size and nature of the health gaps among boroughs/census areas within Alaska 3. What factors are influencing the health of residents, and 4. What state and local communities can do to address health gaps.

Arizona Health Gaps Report: What's Driving Health Differences Across the State and How Can Those Gaps Be Closed?

November 17, 2015

Why is there so much difference in the health of residents in one county compared to other counties in the same state? In this report, the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps program explores how wide gaps are throughout Arizona and what is driving those differences. This information can help Arizona state leaders as they identify ways for everyone to have a fair chance to lead the healthiest life possible. Specifically, this document can help state leaders understand: 1. What health gaps are and why they matter 2. The size and nature of the health gaps among counties within Arizona 3. What factors are influencing the health of residents, and 4. What state and local communities can do to address health gaps..

Arkansas Health Gaps Report: What's Driving Health Differences Across the State and How Can Those Gaps Be Closed?

November 17, 2015

Why is there so much difference in the health of residents in one county compared to other counties in the same state? In this report, the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps program explores how wide gaps are throughout Arkansas and what is driving those differences. This information can help Arkansas state leaders as they identify ways for everyone to have a fair chance to lead the healthiest life possible. Specifically, this document can help state leaders understand: 1. What health gaps are and why they matter 2. The size and nature of the health gaps among counties within Arkansas 3. What factors are influencing the health of residents, and 4. What state and local communities can do to address health gaps.

California Health Gaps Report: What's Driving Health Differences Across the State and How Can Those Gaps Be Closed?

November 17, 2015

Why is there so much difference in the health of residents in one county compared to other counties in the same state? In this report, the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps program explores how wide gaps are throughout California and what is driving those differences. This information can help California state leaders as they identify ways for everyone to have a fair chance to lead the healthiest life possible. Specifically, this document can help state leaders understand: 1. What health gaps are and why they matter 2. The size and nature of the health gaps among counties within California 3. What factors are influencing the health of residents, and 4. What state and local communities can do to address health gaps.

Colorado Health Gaps Report: What's Driving Health Differences Across the State and How Can Those Gaps Be Closed?

November 17, 2015

Why is there so much difference in the health of residents in one county compared to other counties in the same state? In this report, the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps program explores how wide gaps are throughout Colorado and what is driving those differences. This information can help Colorado state leaders as they identify ways for everyone to have a fair chance to lead the healthiest life possible. Specifically, this document can help state leaders understand: 1. What health gaps are and why they matter 2. The size and nature of the health gaps among counties within Colorado 3. What factors are influencing the health of residents, and 4. What state and local communities can do to address health gaps.

Florida Health Gaps Report: What's Driving Health Differences Across the State and How Can Those Gaps Be Closed?

November 17, 2015

Why is there so much difference in the health of residents in one county compared to other counties in the same state? In this report, the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps program explores how wide gaps are throughout Florida and what is driving those differences. This information can help Florida state leaders as they identify ways for everyone to have a fair chance to lead the healthiest life possible. Specifically, this document can help state leaders understand: 1. What health gaps are and why they matter 2. The size and nature of the health gaps among counties within Florida 3. What factors are influencing the health of residents, and 4. What state and local communities can do to address health gaps.

Georgia Health Gaps Report: What's Driving Health Differences Across the State and How Can Those Gaps Be Closed?

November 17, 2015

Why is there so much difference in the health of residents in one county compared to other counties in the same state? In this report, the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps program explores how wide gaps are throughout Georgia and what is driving those differences. This information can help Georgia state leaders as they identify ways for everyone to have a fair chance to lead the healthiest life possible. Specifically, this document can help state leaders understand: 1. What health gaps are and why they matter 2. The size and nature of the health gaps among counties within Georgia 3. What factors are influencing the health of residents, and 4. What state and local communities can do to address health gaps.

Idaho Health Gaps Report: What's Driving Health Differences Across the State and How Can Those Gaps Be Closed?

November 17, 2015

Why is there so much difference in the health of residents in one county compared to other counties in the same state? In this report, the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps program explores how wide gaps are throughout Idaho and what is driving those differences. This information can help Idaho state leaders as they identify ways for everyone to have a fair chance to lead the healthiest life possible. Specifically, this document can help state leaders understand: 1. What health gaps are and why they matter 2. The size and nature of the health gaps among counties within Idaho 3. What factors are influencing the health of residents, and 4. What state and local communities can do to address health gaps.

Connecticut Health Gaps Report: What's Driving Health Differences Across the State and How Can Those Gaps Be Closed?

November 9, 2015

Why is there so much difference in the health of residents in one county compared to other counties in the same state? In this report, the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps program explores how wide gaps are throughout Connecticut and what is driving those differences. This information can help Connecticut state leaders as they identify ways for everyone to have a fair chance to lead the healthiest life possible. Specifically, this document can help state leaders understand: 1. What health gaps are and why they matter 2. The size and nature of the health gaps among counties within Connecticut 3. What factors are influencing the health of residents, and 4. What state and local communities can do to address health gaps.

Delaware Health Gaps Report: What's Driving Health Differences Across the State and How Can Those Gaps Be Closed?

November 9, 2015

Why is there so much difference in the health of residents in one county compared to other counties in the same state? In this report, the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps program explores how wide gaps are throughout Delaware and what is driving those differences. This information can help Delaware state leaders as they identify ways for everyone to have a fair chance to lead the healthiest life possible. Specifically, this document can help state leaders understand: 1. What health gaps are and why they matter 2. The size and nature of the health gaps among counties within Delaware 3. What factors are influencing the health of residents, and 4. What state and local communities can do to address health gaps.