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On this page you can find information related to health statistics and rankings in Oklahoma.

Overall Health RankingEdit

The United Health Foundation ranked Oklahoma 43rd in the nation in its 2008 overall health ranking. In 2007, the state was ranked 47th [1].

DiseaseEdit

  1. Oklahoma ranks 50th against the other 49 states in heart disease.
  2. Oklahoma ranks 46th against the other 49 states in diabetes.
  3. Oklahoma ranks 50th against the other 49 states in mental illness.
  4. Oklahoma ranks 47th against the other 49 states in tobacco use.
  5. Oklahoma ranks 50th against the other 49 states in good nutrition.

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ObesityEdit

In 2008, 28.8% of the population in Oklahoma was considered obese. This ranks Oklahoma 43rd in the nation[3].

HospitalsEdit

According to a national report Oklahoma's emergency care network ranks 50th in the nation.

The American College of Emergency Physicians 2009 National Report Card on the State of Emergency Medicine ranks Oklahoma in the bottom 10 for numbers of emergency physicians, plastic surgeons, orthopedists, hand surgeons, ear, nose & throat specialists and registered nurses.

Almost a third of Oklahoma's population lives more than an hour away from a major hospital trauma center with high level care.

Health InsuranceEdit

Oklahoma ranks 44th against the other 49 states in.[4]

In Oklahoma, 21 percent of the state's adults have no health insurance. The national average is 17.2%.

Oklahoma children are more likely to be uninsured than others around the nation. Oklahoma is the 35th worst state in the nation with one in eight (12.5%) children totally uninsured. One hundred fourteen thousand (114,000) Oklahoma children have neither private nor public insurance.[5]

HungerEdit

Oklahoma ranks 8th in the nation at 4.7 percent in the number of people who experience hunger. The state ranks 7th in the nation at 13.0 percent in the number of people who are food insecure, which is defined by the USDA as being hungry at times during the year due to lack of money for food.[6]

Medical PersonnelEdit

In 2008, Oklahoma ranked 49th in the nation for the number of primary care physicians. In 2007, the state ranked 50th. These figures indicate a physician shortage in the state.[7].

References Edit

  1. "America’s Health Rankings 2008". United Health Foundation. http://www.americashealthrankings.org/2008/pdfs/ok.pdf
  2. Tulsa World, 1/11/09 pg G6
  3. "America’s Health Rankings 2008". United Health Foundation. http://www.americashealthrankings.org/2008/pdfs/ok.pdf
  4. Tulsa World, 1/11/09 pg. G6
  5. Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy, oklahoma KIDS COUNT factbook 2007-2008 pg. 11 (http://www.odl.state.ok.us/kids/factbook/kidscount2007-2008/images/07-08%20State%20Profile.pdf)
  6. Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma. http://www.cfbeo.org/facts.html. Accessed Feb 11 2009
  7. "America’s Health Rankings 2008". United Health Foundation. http://www.americashealthrankings.org/2008/pdfs/ok.pdf

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