Study ranks AZ health against other states

Posted at 7:40 PM, Dec 11, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-11 21:40:04-05

According to the annual health report published by the United Health Foundations, nationally smoking, adolescent immunizations and infant mortality rates have improved. 

Arizona ranks 30th in the country for overall state health after shifting down a spot from 2014.

Physical inactivity and cardiovascular deaths decreased, highlighting a health win for the state, but drug deaths increased and children in poverty also increased in 2015. 

The study says in general, Arizona has a low rate of cancer deaths, preventable hospitalizations and cardiovascular deaths. We are faced with challenges of low per capita public health funding, low rate of high school graduation and a high percentage of impoverished kids.

The rankings are based on a calculation of various health statistics based on state and national numbers over standard deviations. 

To see the full study for Arizona and the rest of the country, click here.