Report Shows Indiana Is Less Healthy Than Most States


June 8, 2021

Report Shows Indiana Is Less Healthy Than Most States

By Holden Abshier as it appeared in Indiana Public Media 

Health Value Rank
A closeup of a map from the report. The darkest states rank in the bottom quartile. (Courtesy of Health Action Council)

An Ohio not-for-profit ranks Indiana No. 42 out of 50 states on a 2019 Health Value Dashboard tracking and comparing states’ total health value.    

Health Action Council’s vice president of business solutions, Kevin Gregory, says the dashboard determines Indiana’s total value by combining its population health outcome (No. 42) and its healthcare spending ranking (No. 29).   

“This means that Hoosiers are less healthy and spend more money on healthcare than people in most states,” Gregory said.  

He said a key driver for poor public health is tobacco use. The dashboard reports almost 22% of adult Hoosiers smoke, ranking the state 45 of 50.   

“By encouraging healthy behaviors, supporting families and child development, and preventing and treating mental health and addiction disorders, Indiana can improve outcomes and control healthcare spending,” Gregory said.  

Health Action Council plans to meet with leaders around the state to discuss specific strategies for improving the health of Hoosiers. Suggestions include investing in green spaces and healthy meal programs, providing resources to pregnant women and mothers of young children, and expanding school-based social and emotional learning programs.   

About Health Action Council
Health Action Council is a not-for-profit 501©(6) organization representing mid and large-size employers that enhances human and economic health through thought leadership, innovative services and collaboration. It provides value to its members by facilitating projects that improve the quality and moderate the cost of healthcare purchased by its members for their employees, dependents, and retirees.
Health Action Council also collaborates with key stakeholders - health plans, physicians, hospitals and the pharmaceutical industry - to improve the quality and efficiency of healthcare in the community.

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