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These are the healthiest and least healthy states in America

These are the healthiest and least healthy states in America

Some states are dramatically healthier than others in America, and according to a study, CT is one of them.

The report from the nonprofit advocacy group Mental Health America compared all 50 states and Washington, DC on things like prevalence of mental health issues and access to treatment and found that overall, Colorado ranks 43rd. That is the largest improvement for any state since 2012 but is still 2.5 percent higher than the national average of 17.1 percent.

The rate of drug deaths increased in New Hampshire by 118 percent, in MA by 69 percent, and in Rhode Island by 56 percent.

Cardiovascular deaths increased for the second consecutive year, with the rate among African Americans significantly higher than the rate among whites, Hispanic- and Asian-Americans, and Native Americans.

MA ranked the healthiest state for the first time in the ranking's 28-year history. This year, two other New England states, Vermont and CT, were ranked in the top five healthiest states, coming in at No. 3 and No. 5, respectively. America's Health Rankings are based on four components or aspects of health - behaviors, community and environment, policy and clinical care.

At the bottom of the rankings were Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Alabama and West Virginia.

The unhealthiest states in the country all lie in the southeast US. MA made the top of the list as America's healthiest state, while MS was declared the unhealthiest. The most recent report reveals the nation's serious public health problems, such as increases in premature death and disproportionate concentration of health care providers, according to the report's executive summary. The analysis also pinpoints public health challenges nationwide.

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