October 26, 2016
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hots-coverIn a new report, released today, the Center on Society and Health and the Urban Institute show how states rank on dozens of health outcomes, highlighting where they are doing well and areas in which they need improvement. Perhaps most importantly, the data also provide detailed information about more than 100 potential drivers of these health trends.

“This study provides a more comprehensive and layered picture of health in every state than any resource to date,” says Steven H. Woolf, Center director, principal investigator and lead author on the report. “Anyone who is interested in how the factors that shape a person’s health are connected has something to gain from this report – from federal, state, and local policymakers, to employers, business leaders, and community development organizations.”

Funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), the HOTS project is distinct from other health scorecards and rankings in the number of health outcomes and determinants included. By assessing and assembling 39 health outcomes and 123 determinants of health, the study provides a nuanced and textured profile of the links between health and potential drivers, such as safety of schools and neighborhoods, exposure to adverse childhood experiences (ACES), expanded Medicaid coverage, and investments in transit and social programs. This data is exposing new patterns in health outcomes and drivers that could be used to develop new policies and practices to improve population health and wellbeing.

Today’s release of the Summary Report and study methodology marks the first of several for the HOTS project. In the coming months, the Center will release a series of topic-specific supplements, offering more detail on the relationships discovered between categories of health outcomes and the 123 determinants examined. The Health of the States supplemental reports are as follows:

• Spotlight on life expectancy and mortality
• Spotlight on birth outcomes
• Spotlight on child and adolescent health
• Spotlight on sexually transmitted infections
• Spotlight on injury fatalities
• Spotlight on adult health status
• Spotlight on overweight/obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular conditions
• Spotlight on cancer, lower respiratory disease, influenza and pneumonia, and Alzheimer’s disease

Check out the project page to learn more about HOTS, download the Summary Report, and explore the data.