State Health Reports

Find out more about health equity in your state

Introduction

The County Health Rankings & Roadmaps (CHR&R) brings actionable data, evidence, guidance, and stories to communities to make it easier for people to be healthy in their neighborhoods, schools, and workplaces. Ranking the health of nearly every county in the nation (based on the model below), CHR&R illustrates what we know when it comes to what is keeping people healthy or making them sick and shows what we can do to create healthier places to live, learn, work, and play.

Opportunities for Health Vary by Place and Race 

Our country has achieved significant health improvements over the past century. We have benefited from progress in automobile safety, better workplace standards, good schools and medical clinics, and reductions in smoking and infectious diseases. But when you look closer, there are significant differences in health outcomes according to where we live, how much money we make, or how we are treated. The data show that, in counties everywhere, not everyone has benefited in the same way from these health improvements. There are fewer opportunities and resources for better health among groups that have been historically marginalized, including people of color, people living in poverty, people with physical or mental disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and women.

Differences in Opportunity Have Been Created, and Can Be Undone

Differences in opportunity do not arise on their own or because of the actions of individuals alone. Often, they are the result of policies and practices at many levels that have created deep-rooted barriers to good health, such as unfair bank lending practices, school funding based on local property taxes, and discriminatory policing and prison sentencing. The collective effect is that a fair and just opportunity to live a long and healthy life does not exist for everyone. Now is the time to change how things are done.

Measure What Matters

Achieving health equity means reducing and ultimately eliminating unjust and avoidable differences in health and in the conditions and resources needed for optimal health. This report provides data on differences in health and opportunities that can help identify where action is needed to achieve greater equity and offers information on how to move with data to action.
Specifically, this report will help illuminate:

  1. Differences in health outcomes within the state by place and racial/ethnic groups
  2. Differences in health factors within the state by place and racial/ethnic groups
  3. What communities can do to create opportunity and health for all

Select your state using the list on the right to see information for where you live.