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State Health Ranking

Posted by Arkansasgardenboy (My Page) on
Sun, Apr 28, 02 at 23:32

How does your state compare with other states? Components--lifestyle,access, occupational safety and disability, disease, mortality, and weighting of components. Arkansas has improved in the last two years. One area we have improved is in high school graduation and in lower motor vehicle accident deaths in the past two years. I believe I read where Arkansas had the greatest improvement. Still we need to improve more in all areas, but I am glad for the improvement that has been made.
Check it out. I was able to find out which state had the highest rate of violet crime.
The link is: http://www.unitedhealthfoundation.org/rankings2001/components/lifestyle/crime.html

Here is a link that might be useful: http://www.unitedhealthfoundation.org/rankings2001/components/lifestyle/crime.html


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Which state has the lowest mortality rate? Arkansas needs to improve in this area....How???? Suggestions?


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I think Arkansas' problem in this area is probably just poverty. Poor people just don't get as much health care or a high-enough quality of health care. Don't they have a higher incidence of teen pregnancy too? That is a big risk factor.

The problem of poverty is probably compounded by a lack of availability of health insurance for the poor and public health funding. Because your state is poor, they have less to spend on health care for the poor, but if it was made a priority, it could probably be provided.

Smoking is high - maybe because tobacco farming is an industry? And heart disease is very high and has gotten much worse. I wonder why? My fiancee is southern and I am from Washington state and there is a huge difference in the kinds of foods we were raised eating. That southern cooking is so full of fat and cholesterol, it amazes me.

Here is a link that might be useful: arkansas health data


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Yes, smoking is very high among our youth as well as adults in Arkansas. I believe if we can lower our levels of smoking in Arkansas, this alone should improve our mortality rate.
We have high rates of cancer and heart disease which does relate to smoking in many cases. I have had neighbors who have died from emphysema.
We have money from the tobacco settlements and maybe Arkansas can get some postive results from this. We are ranked high on how we are spending the money.
Link to : http://tobaccofreekids.org/

Here is a link that might be useful: http://tobaccofreekids.org/


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Anita, maybe some of your views are based upon the stereotypical ideas some people have about southerners. For instance, In Lack of Health Insurance the site mentioned above finds that Washington ranked 32nd (15.8% of the people were not covered by health insurance) while Arkansas ranked 30th (14.7% not covered). Lack of Health Insurance measures the percentage of population not covered by private or public health insurance. So, you see the "poor" people in Arkansas do have a higher rate of insurance coverage than the citizens of Washington state.
Also, the Unemployment data measures the average percentage of the civilian, non-institutional labor force unemployed during the year. It is an indirect way to measure lack of access to insurance and health care services provided by employers, as well as employees' ability to pay for health care. In this section, Arkansas ranked 37th (4.4%) and Washington ranked 46th with an unemployment rate of 5.2%.

There are many areas where Arkansas is behind the national average, no doubt. But the view that people in the north have access to better health care than citizens in the south is not borne out by the facts presented. Every state has their own health issues that they must address. Many people have erroneous views about our southern states.

I will not even try to defend southern cooking. Some of it is fat laden. But I do know that when I cook for my northern friends, they always want seconds.

Interesting website, ARGardenboy, thanks for the link.


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Another important link: http://www.tobaccofree.org/children.html.

Here is a link that might be useful: http://www.tobaccofree.org/children.html.


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Correction on link.

Here is a link that might be useful: http://www.tobaccofree.org/children.html


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Another side of the story. Are you familiar with this information? Go to search for the link: Hizbullah in Dixie..


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If Hawaii's mortality rate is among the lowest in the nation and is the lowest according to the data, do you think it will remain the best when their smoking rate is increasing and their high school graduation rate is decreasing? Given all other factors; in that, they follow given trends. I would like to know. What do you think will be the results?


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wazzup, I was not trying to insult the south. Arkansas is one of the poorest states. It is like the second poorest. Poor people are less likely to have access to health care and less likely to pursue health care when they do have access.

I never said Washington did a better job than Arkansas of providing health insurance to the poor. But the numbers I saw said we were 14th in the nation, not 32nd. Either way, I am not proud or ashamed of that. It is not my doing. I am not a legislator. And no one I vote for ever wins.

The southern states have slightly higher levels of obesity overall than the rest. Obesity is a risk factor for heart disease. The poorest state (Mississippi) also has the highest level of obesity:

http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dnpa/obesity/trend/prev_reg.htm

I was not stereotyping the south. I was talking about actual facts. I do not think there is any shame in being poor - much less, shame in being from a state that is poor. I was just trying to have a conversation about why some areas have the problems that they do, and what can be done to solve them. Poverty is a health problem.

Here is a link that might be useful: washington state


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Arkansas is among the highest in poverty but over all we have an high work ethic.Those who do work normally do not earn as much as others do in other parts of the US. An interesting point, I would like to make is about children in poverty and what should and may be done to improve this situation. What do you think are some answers to this problem? This applies around the world.
An interesting link: http://cpmcnet.columbia.edu/dept/nccp/ycpf.html

Here is a link that might be useful: http://cpmcnet.columbia.edu/dept/nccp/ycpf.html


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Yeah, being poor doesn't mean not working hard. A lot of jobs just don't pay well. The minimum wage in Arkansas is $5.15 per hour. That is $10,700 per year. Not enough to live on. Not enough to raise children on. Not even close. My fiancee and I recently had to look into buying health insurance for him. The cheapest we found that didn't have a $1,000 deductible was $235 per month. That is over 1/4 of the gross annual income of someone making the Arkansas minimum wage. And that is just for one young healthy adult. Children cost extra.

I think minimum wages need to come up all over the country. Washington raised the minimum wage here to $6.90 recently. I still don't think that is high enough. But when the bill was passed a few years ago, there were lots of protests from restaurants and other employers who said that it would hurt their profits and businesses would close and it would hurt the economy overall. Well that didn't happen even though the increase went into effect when the overall economy was in decline.

We have been "reforming" the welfare system for the past several years, and everyone has been saying how well it worked. I think it worked well in HUGE part because the entire economy was thriving. Now that the economy isn't doing so well, where is that safety net? What happens to the people who lose their jobs and have already passed the lifetime limit for receiving welfare benefits. I do believe that getting people off of welfare is a terrific goal. But it has to be done so that they have skills and the jobs are there for them. If we just tell them they are kicked off, they will become homeless and their children will not get an education and will end up committing crimes and the police will have to catch them and send them to jail. That costs a lot more than job training and childcare assistance and rent assistance for their parents. I don't understand why everyone understands the importance of investing for retirement, buying a house, putting money in a 401(k) so it grows. But no one seems to understand that if we spend public money on meeting childrens' health needs now, and on giving them great educations, in the future, they will create a healthy economy and we will benefit. It is not just human decency and compassion that makes it important that there be a social safety net. It is in everyone's self-interest.

Older people who don't have children in school anymore sometimes vote against school levies because they don't see why they should pay. They don't realize that the money they put into Social Security went to support the people who were getting benefits then. Social Security is not a savings plan. The children who are in school now will be paying THEIR social security benefits in 20 years. So we had all better hope that they are making plenty of money.


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The U.S. Department of Labor enforces the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), which sets basic minimum wage and overtime pay standards. Workers who are covered by the FLSA are entitled to a minimum wage of not less than $5.15 an hour. This is a federal pay standard and not specific to only southern states. While I would certainly agree that 5.15 is not enough for a family of four to live on it is not only in the south that workers are underpaid. You must also consider the cost of living in different areas of the country. How far does 6.90 per hour go in WA state? Probably about as far as the 5.15 goes in Arkansas. By the way, I do not live in Arkansas. This is an interesting topic, gardenboy.


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Washington has an east and a west side, and the economies are totally different. It is like two different states. In Seattle, where I live, the cost of living is extremely high. In Eastern Washington, it is low. The west side passed the minimum wage increases, but the east side benefits too.

I have no idea why you think I am attacking the south. I never said or implied that the Arkansas minimum wage was the minimum wage in any other southern states. I know perfectly well that the minimum wage is set by the federal government, and states can increase it if they choose. $10K or $14K per year, either way it is not enough.


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Anita:

I think many of the larger states have many different economies within. I have lived in NY state and found there to be MANY different economies within that state. I am now living in Florida and there are also many different economies within this state.

Mommabear


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Does someone want to address the teen pregnancy situation? I am trying to reseach information in this area. Many times poverty or lower income is connected to higher teen pregnancy. How can teen pregnancy rates be lower? What would you suggest? I know this issue was going on when I was in high school. I don't recall any girls getting pregnant at my high school while they were still in school, I did not know about what was happening at the "colored" school. We referred to their school by this way in manner of respect even at that time.
I have been known to have lived a sheltered life in some peoples' opinions. What are your suggestions? About ways of lowing and dealing with teen pregnancy?
I do appreciate your input and value your thoughts. I respect those whose opinions have differed from mine on the other issue of discipline.
Welcome Mommabear.


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According to the CDC teen preganancies peaked in 1991 and have declined 19% from there. CDC links the decline to better education on birth control, easier birth control options, and better economic opportunities for teens but doesn't offer any proof that is so.

Note that the lowered birth rate for teens was accompanied by a steep drop in abortions. Thus, the actual rate at which teens have been getting pregnant has declined. That's good news. The CDC doesn't mention specific states and what might drive the numbers in each state.

My children are still young (8,5,3). I really don't know that much about teen pregancy. When I was in HS (early 1980's) there were girls who became pregnant in high school. Most had the babies and had parents who helped them finish school.

Mommabear

Here is a link that might be useful: CDC Report on Teen Pregnancy


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Thanks Mommabear,
What about current data of the different states on this topic. Where could I find this information? Arkansas is is near the top in teen pregnancies, poverty, heart disease, obesity, cancer and smoking. Did I leave something off? Is there a key that ties all this together?
Could we include Washingon,DC in the data. Are they included with the states in comparisons? How are they figured? All researchers are welcomed here. I believe by all working together we can make a difference. Education is one of the keys that opens many doors to opportunity. Remember when Arkansas was referred to as, "The Land Of Opportunity". Just thought I would throw that in. We are still a great state, but we need to continue to improve in many areas.


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If you do a google search you can find almost any data you are looking for. The CDC paper was one I found quickly and it wasn't to long (I was short on time).

Mommabear

Here is a link that might be useful: Google-A terrific search engine


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Thanks again Mommabear,
One thing which stands out is the per cent of children living in single parent families. There has been a 25% increase national from 1990 to 2000. Is there a state in which this has decreased? In Arkansas there was a 38% increase in this area. I would like to know your views on this and other data. Another good site is: http://www.aecf.org/kidscount/

Here is a link that might be useful: http://www.aecf.org/kidscount/


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Well I know some people won't agree probably . But I agree that a family of a Father and Mother is good for a child. But I also agree their are some married couples that don't get along and are always fighting and the child sees this and it's not good. In that case I think a divorce would be better for the couple and child.

But again I do think the child is better off with both a Mothe and Father to help raise them. Deciding you want a child and not having a job, or husband is a bad decision for you and the child also.

I know there are some wealthy single people (stars included) that adopt children and can afford them being . But often I wonder just how much time this parent actually spends with the child. Are the children brought up by a Nannt of Nannies?
Let's hope they aren't brought up the way Joan Crawford's children were! Her children would have been better off it Nannies completely raised the children without her involvement possibly!

Let's hope these wealthy single people have good intentions and aren't just adopting these children to make themselves seem giving and caring. (More of an Image thing)

All of this aside I still believe a child is better off with a mother and father, in most instances.


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Thanks Lynn,
You bring in such an interesting individual. (Joan Crawford) I find it interesting to read more of her biography. Also Betty Davis. You may want to check out more information over the web about these two. I have found out more and will be looking forward of seeing more of their movies from a greater perspective.


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This may be of some benefit in researching: http://www.bettedavis.com/bio.html

Here is a link that might be useful: http://www.bettedavis.com/bio.html


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Another site in reference to the above is http://www.divarama.com/welcome.htm

Here is a link that might be useful: http://www.divarama.com/welcome.htm


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Back to state ranking---Suicide rates---
1950-l970 era had fewer suicides than l970 to l990's.
Check it out. Go to http://www.afsp.org/statistics/home.htm

Here is a link that might be useful: http://www.afsp.org/statistics/home.htm


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New issue of Crime Times http://www.crimetimes.org/issues.htm#new

Here is a link that might be useful: http://www.crime-times.org/issues.htm#new


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Another link in the kink or is it a kink in the link. http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,591-274851,00.html

Here is a link that might be useful: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,591-274851,0o0.html


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Welfare rolls shrink but lowest since l994.

Here is a link that might be useful: http://college4.nytimes.com/guests/articles/2002/05/21/921058.xml


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AAACK!!! Arkansasgardenboy I love talking with you so much, I really do!!! You are my all-time favorite gardenweb poster!

But please please think about WHY welfare rolls are so small! They have five year limits. For everyone.

I am totally supportive of the goal of getting people off welfare. I believe that every one of these work training and childcare assistance programs is so extremely valuable. But the fact is that as welfare rolls are shrinking, food banks and homeless shelters are taking in the slack, and their rolls are increasing exponentially. The rolls shrink because families hit the lifetime limit, and there are NO other options for them. They turn to private charities and homelessness.

I don't think that it is good for the government to encourage dependency. But I would rather see a certain amount of dependency (which costs us very, very little, taxwise) than see women and chldren homeless and hungry. Anyone would. And that is the only option that welfare reform has given us.

You know that many of the recipients who found employment during the ABSOLUTELY UNPRECEDENTED economic boom that took place during the first years of welfare reform, were working for temp agencies, who switched them from job to job with fluctuating hours. Now that they are being laid off, many are not even eligible for a normal amount of unemployment compensation due to their random patterns of employment. What does a laid-off single mom do when she gets no unemployment and she has reached her lifetime limit of welfare?

There is no one in this world that I would punch in the face if given the chance, except for Tommy Thompson.

Here is a link that might be useful: http://www.lrna.org/league/PT/PT.2001.02/PT.2001.02.9.html


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Thanks, Anita for your kind words. I appreciate your thoughtfulness.
I need to know more about ways to improve our welfare system. In my opinion everyone can and needs to improve in almost every case. There are situations I know that they are at the bottom of the barrel. They are at the mercy of family, charity, or any assistance available. Their needs fall upon all of our shoulders. Again I just feel we are our "brother's keeper". The needs are so great everyone can particpate and should if they are fortunate enough. I have a problem helping those who are in a position to help themselves and will not try. Again maybe we should still be there trying to encourage them to begin to try. We just shouldn't give up on anyone. We are responsible, whether it is government, charity, or individuals. We all have a part to get involve in. Education is a big key which can keep the doors open and effort can keep the rooms full.


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Victims of child maltreatment is on the increase. Are you surprised?

Here is a link that might be useful: http://www.childtrendsdatabank.org/health/violenc/40ChildMaltreatment.htm


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