[Infographic] The Health of America

[Infographic] The Health of America

A Look At the Healthiest and Unhealthiest ZIPs in the US

By Gavin Chance 

Even more so than in the past, health and wellness are top of mind as we begin a new year. Americans everywhere are setting New Year’s resolutions and hoping for a healthier, happier 2021.

It can be beneficial to understand the past state of our health as we collectively look to the future and make plans for improvement. This infographic shares statistics and trends about our health as a country, focusing on the following information from 2018:

  • The average amount spent on health

  • The average number of visits to the doctor

  • The number of cigarettes smoked

  • The average amount spent on prescription drugs

While the statistics from 2020 will be skewed by COVID-19, the trends of the past are still helpful guideposts for how and where we have room for improvement. Prioritizing our general health has never been more important than now in the midst of a global pandemic. For instance, did you know that during 2018, the average American spent $5,728 on their health and $361 on prescription drugs? Also, on average, the 94964 ZIP code of San Quentin, CA smoked the least number of cigarettes that year? 

See below for the full infographic highlighting many other interesting findings.

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The Takeaway

Prioritizing the general health of our local communities will undoubtedly be important in 2021. Here are a few ways to jump-start that journey.

  • Read and share these 21 Healthy Tips for 2021 provided by Mercyhealth based in Wisconsin and Illinois.

  • Encourage families to focus on health in a way similar to Children’s Health in Dallas with their Get Up & Go program.

  • Download Stratasan’s CHNA Implementation Checklist and identify what actions your hospital can take, in collaboration with community leaders, to address the health needs identified in your CHNA.

For more information about Stratasan’s Strategic Advisory Services—which can help with everything from a one-off strategy session, a physician needs analysis, a CHNA, or working with you to fully develop your strategic plan—contact our team and schedule a discovery call today.

Infographic by Gavin Chance, GIS Manager for Stratasan

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