Nebraska drops one spot in 2017 United Health Foundation health rankings

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MINNETONKA, Minn. -- This week, the United Health Foundation published its 28th edition of America’s Health Rankings, a comprehensive heath ranking of all 50 states.

This year, Nebraska’s overall ranking is 13, which is down one spot from 2016.

Below is a short summary of Nebraska's strengths and weaknesses in heath rankings.

Nebraska – 13

Strengths
-High immunization coverage among children
-Low drug death rate
-Low prevalence of frequent mental distress
Challenges
-High incidence of pertussis
-High prevalence of excessive drinking
-Large disparity in health status by educational attainment

For additional reference of where the states stand compared to others in the Midwest, Missouri ranks 40, Kansas ranks 25 and Iowa ranks 15.

This year, Massachusetts ranked 1st and Mississippi 50th.

For the America’s Health Rankings annual full annual report, including information on the nation’s overall health, visit: https://americashealthrankings.org/.