Tennessee Ranked 42nd Healthiest State in the Nation
According to the 2019 edition of America’s Health Rankings, Tennessee is the 42nd healthiest state. We are now ranked 41st in maternal mortality, down from 33rd, and 39th in infant mortality, down from 38th. Research shows Medicaid expansion helps mothers stay healthy before, during and after pregnancy, reducing rates of both infant and maternal mortality.
- In the past year, HPV immunization increased 29% from 36.9% to 47.7% among females ages 13-17 and decreased 12% from 35.2% to 31.1% among males ages 13-17
- In the past year, tobacco use during pregnancy decreased 10% from 14.3% to 12.8% of live births
- In the past year, the percentage of infants exclusively breastfed for six months increased 33% from 17.1% to 22.7%
- In the past three years, excessive drinking among women ages 18-44 increased 50% from 11.5% to 17.2%
- In the past three years, drug deaths increased 39% from 16.8 to 23.4 deaths per 100,000 females ages 15-44
- In the past three years, infant child care cost increased 38% from 8.2% to 11.3% of married couple’s median income