12-04-09: How Healthy is Maryland?

December 3, 2009 at 9:30 pm Leave a comment

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A new comparison of health factors in all the states puts Maryland pretty squarely in the middle of the pack – ranking 21st in overall health. This is the 20th year of the scorecard called “America’s Health Rankings”.  It identifies Maryland’s strengths as relatively few smokers; ready access to primary-care physicians; a low percentage of children in poverty; and a high percentage of children receiving immunizations. But Maryland has a lot of violent crime, a lot of infectious disease, and high levels of air pollution. And many residents are gaining weight – Maryland is on track to be one of just six states where half the population will be obese in ten years.

We talk with Dr. Reed Tuckson, Executive Vice President and Chief of Medical Affairs for United Health Group – one of the research groups that helped to conduct the study – and Johns Hopkins’ Department of Health Policy and Management assistant professor Sara Bleich about the findings.

Johns Hopkins Department of Health Policy and Management

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