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A new report ranks all 50 states on preventive care.

Kathleen Mulpeter
February 26, 2016

When it comes to preventive care, how does your state measure up? Today the United Health Foundation released a report that compares all 50 states based on access to health care, immunizations, and chronic disease prevention.

The New England states are clear standouts: Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Vermont, and Maine are ranked 1 through 6. But the report—which was put together in partnership with the American College of Preventive Medicine—is really meant to shine a spotlight on communities across the country where there are opportunities for improvement.

Below, we've listed the top five and bottom five states across 13 different measures, from the percentage of people with a dedicated healthcare provider to the percentage of people screened for colorectal cancer. You can check out the full report and look up your home state here.

 

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Dedicated healthcare provider

Top 5 states:
1. Massachusetts
2. Maine
3. Vermont
4. Rhode Island
5. Delaware

Bottom 5 states:
46. Nevada
47. Alaska
48. Texas
49. New Mexico
50. Wyoming

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Annual dental visit

Top 5 states:
1. Connecticut
2. Massachusetts
3. Minnesota
4. Vermont
5. Rhode Island

Bottom 5 states:
46. West Virginia
47. Mississippi
48. Oklahoma
49. Arkansas
50. Texas

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Most healthcare coverage

Top 5 states:
1. Massachusetts
2. Vermont
3. Minnesota
4. Iowa
5. Rhode Island

Bottom 5 states:
46. Texas
47. Georgia
48. Mississippi
49. Louisiana
50. Florida

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Immunizations for children

Top 5 states:
1. Maine
2. North Carolina
3. New Hampshire
4. Nebraska
5. Pennsylvania

Bottom 5 states:
46. West Virginia
47. Wyoming
48. Texas
49. Michigan
50. Oregon

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HPV vaccine for female adolescents

Top 5 states:
1. North Carolina
2. Rhode Island
3. New Hampshire
4. Vermont
5. Massachusetts

Bottom 5 states:
46. Tennessee
47. Arkansas
48. Mississippi
49. Kansas
50. Utah

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HPV vaccine for male adolescents

Top 5 states:
1. Rhode Island
2. New Hampshire
3. California
4. Delaware
5. Hawaii

Bottom 5 states:
46. Alabama
47. Missouri
48. Arkansas
49. Wyoming
50. Oregon

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Immunizations for adolescents

Top 5 states:
1. Pennsylvania
2. Connecticut
3. New Jersey
4. Rhode Island
5. Massachusetts

Bottom 5 states:
46. Mississippi
47. Wyoming
48. Alaska
49. South Dakota
50. Montana

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Tdap immunizations for adolescents

Top 5 states:
1. Connecticut
2. New Hampshire
3. Louisiana
4. Vermont
5. Wisconsin

Bottom 5 states:
46. Mississippi
47. Idaho
48. South Carolina
49. Alaska
50. South Dakota

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Flu vaccine for adults

Top 5 states:
1. South Dakota
2. West Virginia
3. Rhode Island
4. Hawaii
5. Iowa and Minnesota (tie)

Bottom 5 states:
46. Florida
47. Nevada
48. Arizona
49. Georgia
50. Alaska

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Pneumococcal vaccine for adults over 65

Top 5 states:
1. Oregon
2. Oklahoma
3. Colorado
4. Maine
5. Vermont

Bottom 5 states:
46. New Jersey
47. Alaska
48. California
49. Illinois
50. New York

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High blood pressure

Top 5 states:
1. Utah
2. Colorado
3. Minnesota
4. Hawaii
5. California and Wyoming (tie)

Bottom 5 states:
46. West Virginia
47. Alabama
48. Mississippi
49. Louisiana
50. Kentucky

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Cholesterol checks

Top 5 states:
1. Massachusetts
2. Connecticut
3. Rhode Island
4. New Hampshire
5. Maine

Bottom 5 states:
46. Utah
47. Idaho
48. Alaska
49. New Mexico
50. Arkansas

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Colorectal cancer screening

Top 5 states:
1. Massachusetts
2. Maine
3. Rhode Island
4. New Hampshire
5. Connecticut

Bottom 5 states:
1. Wyoming
2. Oklahoma
3. Nevada
4. Mississippi
5. Alaska and Arkansas (tie)

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