Health Outcomes

The United Health Foundation’s annual report, America’s Health Rankings®, ranks the states on health outcome criteria.  The World Health Organization definition of health, “Health is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity”, provides the basis for its approach.


The model used to derive the rankings reflects that determinants of health directly influence health outcomes. It includes a health outcomes category and four categories of health determinants:  behaviors, community & environment, policy, and clinical care.  


Click here for the full final report for 2016.  This report is the source of the map on state health outcomes for the U.S. included here.


Health Expenditures

The Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) periodically publishes its state rankings on a wide variety of economic and health criteria. The most recent report focused on calendar 2009.The next report is scheduled to be released later in 2017.


The per capita spending reported in our map on state health expenditures for the U.S. comes from the “Health Costs and Budget” of the KFF state facts website.Cost data include health expenditures, prescription drug costs and sales, employment-based health premiums, hospital expenses, and tobacco settlement funds.

Documenting Georgia's
Health Outcome & Cost Rankings

Below are brief descriptions and embedded links to further detail for these rankings