From Gov. Pat McCrory
Raleigh, N.C. – North Carolina improved its overall public health ranking more than any other state in this year’s report released by the United Health Foundation. North Carolina moved up six places from last year, and ranks second highest state in the country for child immunizations. This year’s report marked North Carolina’s highest ranking since the report’s first publication in 1990. Overall, North Carolina ranks 31st.
“The health of our citizens is the foundation of our quality of life,” Governor McCrory said.“As this report indicates, we’ve made great strides and will continue to work toward making North Carolina one of the healthiest states in the nation.”
Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Rick Brajer noted that many partners contributed to North Carolina’s success.
“We greatly appreciate the United Health Foundation highlighting North Carolina’s improvement in rank as the greatest among all 50 states in its annual analysis of factors affecting the health of individuals and communities,” said Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Rick Brajer. “The endless pursuit by DHHS and its many partners to improve the quality of lives for all North Carolinians is something we can all take pride in.”
Two highlights of the report focus on North Carolina’s success in child immunization rates and physical activity among adults. More than 80 percent of children ages 19 to 35 months are vaccinated and physical inactivity among adults decreased by 13 percent. Additionally, one of the state’s strengths is the low prevalence of excessive drinking.
“These rankings are a testament to the efforts of Division of Public Health staff, statewide partners and our citizens, and are the foundation for further progress,” said Deputy Secretary for Health Services Dr. Randall Williams. “Taking preventive measures, whether getting vaccinated or exercising, shows North Carolinians are committed to improving their health outcomes. Our commitment as a state is to face our remaining challenges head-on and work toward decreasing infant mortality and improving the health of all North Carolinians as we move forward in 2016.”
For more information on the report please see: http://www.americashealthrankings.org/reports/annual.
For more information on North Carolina’s Division of Public Health please see: http://publichealth.nc.gov/.
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Not surprisingly, Gov. McCrory failed to mention other public health reports that indicate NC has shamefully high rates of child poverty. Another recent study indicated Buncombe County ranked among the worst places in the US – 92nd out of more than 2,400 counties nationwide – when it came to the inability of children to move out of poverty. Children of color, the fastest-growing segment of Buncombe County’s child population, are two to three times as likely to live in poverty as their non-Hispanic white peers.
Of course children don’t vote or make campaign contributions that could influence their special interests – like early childhood education, good schools, safe homes, nutritious food and support for families to find living wage jobs.
Our state rankings are a direct result of the low investment in public health funding and the failure to expand Medicaid.