While we know a variety of factors are instrumental in assuring good health, not every area in Tennessee has equal access to the opportunities that promote healthy options and assure optimal health levels. As awareness increases throughout the state, so does the likelihood of communities coming together to strategize and promote the reduction of state-wide health gaps.

Grasp a comprehensive overview of the health gaps in areas throughout Tennessee by taking a look at the 2017 Tennessee health rankings according to County and as well as the overall statistics for state regarding health outcomes, factors, clinical care, and social, economic, and environmental factors.

Purpose of County Rankings

Communities utilize the rankings to determine where major health issues are and to improve the health of their counties. Overall, primary goal of rankings is to rally a community of support including community organizers, business leaders, politicians, and members of the Tennessee population to show support for healthcare entities and improve the quality of care throughout the state.

To view a complete list of all 95 Tennessee counties along with their rankings, click here.

County Ranking Implications 

There are several specific categories incorporated when measuring state-wide health levels, including particular statistical factors within the categories of health outcome, clinical care as well as social, economic, and environmental factors. Examine these categories to gain additional knowledge of what circumstances and conditions are represented in the rankings and the percentage of people they effect in Tennessee.

Health Outcomes

The category of health outcomes in the County Health Rankings indicates the degree of health a county has maintained. This is measured by looking at two major aspects: how long people are living and how healthy they feel throughout their lives. These two components are referred to as the length of life and quality of life. In the TN county rankings, factors influencing length and quality of life include instances of premature death, low birthrate, and poor or fair health. Statistics concerning the length and quality of TN citizens are as follows:

  • Percentage of premature death, meaning years of life lost before age of 75: 8,700
  • Percentage of births with a birth weight of fewer than 2500 grams: 9%
  • Average number of physically unhealthy days reported within the past month: 4.4

Health Behaviors in Tennessee

The category of health behaviors within the County Health rankings can help highlight the types of behaviors county citizens are engaging in and whether they impact their overall health and well-being. Defined as a category of lifestyle behaviors that have a strong influence on one’s overall health, these factors include behavior such as tobacco use, diet, exercise, and alcohol consumption. The TN county rankings measured alcohol, tobacco, obesity, and access to exercise areas in order to establish statistics on health behaviors, which are featured as follows:

  • Percentage of adults who are regular smokers: 22%
  • Percentage of adults reporting a BMI of over 30: 32%
  • Average percentage of adults reporting excessive, indicating heavy or binge drinking: 11%
  • Percentage of adults ages twenty or older reporting a lack of physical activity: 30%
  • Percentage of driving deaths due to alcohol impairments: 28%

Social and Economic Factors

Social components influencing health display the social factors and circumstances of where TN citizens live their lives. With the ability to have a great influence on health throughout the course of a citizen’s life, social and economic determinants include access to educational, job security, poverty, and familial circumstances. Among the variety of social and economic factors, the TN county rankings incorporated when making measurements included educational experience, rates of employment, conditions of poverty and single parent-households. Specific statistics of these such measurements are,

  • Percentage of the populace that graduates high school: 88%
  • Percentage of adults between the ages of 25-44 with some post-secondary education: 59%
  • Percentage of the populace ages 16 or older who are unemployed but looking for employment: 5.8%
  • Percentage of children living in poverty: 24%
  • Percentage of children living in single-parent households: 36%

Everyday Answers from the Compounding Pharmacy of America

The Compounding Pharmacy of America fills and ships prescriptions to all of the Tennessee Counties, offering the specialized medical solutions that many pharmacies may not provide. Contact the pharmacists at the Compounding Pharmacy to discuss your medical needs today.