Tackling Health Challenges Facing African Americans: An Interview with Dr. Reed Tuckson

A new assessment that measures the healthiness of states shows a
decline in the overall health of the nation. The American Public
Health Association and Partnership for Prevention collaborated
with the United Health Foundation to produce the 18th annual edition
of America’s Health Rankings: A Call to Action for People & Their

The report found that the overall health of the nation fell by a rate of 0.3
percent between 2006 and 2007. By contrast, the nation’s average annual
improvement was 1.5 percent between 1990 and 2000. Even reductions in
the rates of cancer and cardiovascular mortality could not offset growing
rates of obesity, an increase in the number of uninsured and persistent risks
such as tobacco use and violent crime.

The report ranked Vermont, Minnesota, Hawaii, New Hampshire and
Connecticut as the five healthiest states. The least healthy states are
Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Tennessee.
Reed Tuckson, M.D., a member of the board of the United Health
Foundation, discussed the report and the problems it highlights with
FOCUS. The entire report can be viewed at www.americashealthrankings.
org or www.unitedhealthfoundation.org.

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Tuesday, January 1, 2008