January 13, 2015

Pew Report Compares States on Key Health Indicators

A recent fact sheet from the Pew Charitable Trusts looks at how states compare in 20 health indicators. The indicators cover five categories:  (1) demographics and the uninsured, (2) residents’ health status, (3) vital statistics, (4) prevalence of disease and health risk factors, and (5) prevention and treatment. Most of the analysis is drawn from 2010 or 2011 data.

Here are some examples of how Connecticut compares to the country as a whole.
  • In 2010, 10.5% of Connecticut residents reported being in fair or poor health, lower than the national average of 14.1%.
  • In 2010 and 2011, the percentage of Connecticut residents age 12 and older reporting substance abuse in the previous year was slightly higher than the national average (9.0% vs. 8.4%).
  • The 2009 life expectancy at birth in Connecticut was 80.8 years, compared to a national average of 78.9 years.
  • In 2010, 84.1% of Connecticut women over age 50 reported having a mammogram in the previous two years, compared to a national average of 78.1%.