Massachusetts

Massachusetts

Overall Rank: 4

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MA All Outcomes (1990-2013) see more
  • Weighted sum of the number of standard deviations each core outcome is from the national average.

Strengths

  • Low prevalence of obesity
  • Low percentage of uninsured population
  • Ready availability of primary care physicians & dentists

Challenges

  • High prevalence of binge drinking
  • High rate of preventable hospitalizations
  • Large disparity in health status by educational attainment

Highlights

  • Massachusetts has one of the lowest obesity rates in the nation at 22.9 percent of the adult population, yet almost 1.2 million adults are obese in the state.
  • In the past year, the prevalence of smoking decreased from 18.2 percent to 16.4 percent of adults; however, almost 860,000 adults still smoke in the state.
  • In the past year, the prevalence of physical inactivity decreased from 23.5 percent to 19.7 percent of adults; however, more than 1 million adults are physically inactive in the state.
  • In the past year, the percentage of uninsured population decreased from 4.5 percent to 3.8 percent of the population; it is the lowest in the country and one-half the rate of the next lowest state.
  • In the past 5 years, the high school graduation rate increased from 78.7 percent to 82.6 percent of incoming ninth graders who graduate within 4 years.
  • In the past 10 years, the rate of cardiovascular deaths decreased by 33 percent from 289.7 to 217.7 deaths per 100,000 population.

Disparities

  • In Massachusetts, 60.7 percent of adults aged 25 years and older with at least a high school education report their health is very good or excellent compared to only 26.2 percent with less than a high school education, resulting in a gap of 34.5 percent.

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Core Measure Impact

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Core Measures

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Measures Rank Value History Take Action
Air Pollution 13 8.1 view View Actions
All Determinants 3 0.575 view View Actions
All Outcomes 14 0.15 view View Actions
Binge Drinking 42 19.7 view View Actions
Cancer Deaths 23 190.3 view View Actions
Cardiovascular Deaths 5 217.7 view View Actions
Children in Poverty 14 15.3 view View Actions
Chlamydia 13 347.7 view View Actions
Dentists 1 85.6 view View Actions
Diabetes 10 8.3 view View Actions
Disparity in Health Status 45 34.5 view View Actions
Drug Deaths 21 11.7 view View Actions
High School Graduation 14 82.6 view View Actions
Immunization - Adolescents 2 76.0 view View Actions
Immunization - Children 9 73.5 view View Actions
Infant Mortality 5 4.75 view View Actions
Infectious Disease 9 -0.436 view View Actions
Lack of Health Insurance 1 3.8 view View Actions
Low Birthweight 20 7.6 view View Actions
Obesity 2 22.9 view View Actions
Occupational Fatalities 1 1.9 view View Actions
Overall 4 0.725 view View Actions
Pertussis 20 4.1 view View Actions
Physical Inactivity 10 19.7 view View Actions
Poor Mental Health Days 22 3.8 view View Actions
Poor Physical Health Days 11 3.5 view View Actions
Premature Death 4 5736 view View Actions
Preventable Hospitalizations 38 70.8 view View Actions
Primary Care Physicians 1 196.1 view View Actions
Public Health Funding 11 111.35 view View Actions
Salmonella 32 15.8 view View Actions
Smoking 7 16.4 view View Actions
Violent Crime 31 405.5 view View Actions


Supplemental Measures

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Measures Rank Value History Take Action
Cholesterol Check 1 83.7 view View Actions
Dental Visit, Annual 1 76.2 view View Actions
Fruits 8 1.07 view View Actions
Health Status 4 57.9 view View Actions
Heart Attack 11 3.84 view View Actions
Heart Disease 10 3.9 view View Actions
High Blood Pressure 12 29.2 view View Actions
High Cholesterol 2 34.3 view View Actions
Income Disparity 44 0.4813 view View Actions
Low Health Status 5 13.39 view View Actions
Median Household Income 6 63656 view View Actions
Obesity - Youth 9.9 view View Actions
Personal Income, Per Capita 2 54687 view View Actions
Preterm Birth 16 10.5 view View Actions
Stroke 3 2.05 view View Actions
Suicide 4 8.9 view View Actions
Teen Birth Rate 2 15.4 view View Actions
Underemployment Rate 18 12.9 view View Actions
Unemployment Rate, Annual 15 6.7 view View Actions
Vegetables 18 0.8 view View Actions
Youth Smoking 14 view View Actions