Report: Georgia Is Among Unhealthiest States, Ranks 40
Georgia’s health has declined over the last decade, ending 2019 as one of the unhealthiest states, according to a recent report.
The state ranks 40 on the list of healthiest states, according to an annual report from America’s Health Rankings. Low immunization coverage, uninsured rates and infant mortality contribute to the state’s low ranking.
Nearly 66% of children aged between 19 and 35 months receive immunizations. Not receiving immunizations could increase the risk of preventable diseases such as measles or whooping cough.
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Health insurance coverage continues to be a problem in the state with 13.6% of the population without insurance. With that, less people have access to clinical care such as dentists and mental health providers.
Georgia is also still facing high rates of infant mortality as nearly eight babies die per 1,000 births. Almost 10% of babies born have low birthweight.
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However, Georgia has seen some health improvements over the last year. Since 2018, smoking decreased 8% in adults and more adults are becoming physically active, according to the report.