Report Shows Declining Health of Women and Children in IL

America’s Health Rankings specifically examines the health of women, infants and children, knowing these key populations are fundamental to healthy communities and a healthy nation. With information from this year’s data update, states and communities are able to craft data-driven solutions to address the most pressing local health and well-being concerns.

As a reminder, the data included in this report provides one of the most up-to-date, comprehensive assessments of the health of women, infants and children at the national and state levels. Based on 62 different health indicators, the data update examines the environment, clinical care, behaviors, policies and health outcomes to better understand the changing health of women and children across the country and state-by-state. Illinois dropped 5 spots and is now ranked 26th in 2018, compared with 21st in 2016 when this report was last issued. 

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Key ILLINOIS findings since the last report in 2016 include:

  • Drug deaths increased 23% from 9.8 to 12.1 deaths per 100,000 females aged 15-44
  • Dental visits among women aged 18-44 increased 7% from 65.4% to 70.0%
  • The state mPINC score increased 5% from 77% to 81%
  • Infant mortality increased 2% from 6.2 to 6.3 deaths per 1,000 live births
  • Meningococcal immunization among adolescents aged 13-17 increased 9% from 77.1% to 83.9%
  • Teen suicide increased 27% from 6.3 to 8.0 deaths per 100,000 adolescents aged 15-19

Key national findings in this year’s data update include:

  • Maternal mortality has increased 4 percent overall, with notable disparities between states and among races/ethnicities
  • Drug deaths among women ages 15-44 have increased 20 percent
  • Tobacco use has declined 10 percent among women ages 18-44
  • Teen suicide increased 6 percent for adolescents ages 15-19
  • Infants breastfed exclusively for six months increased 14 percent
  • Having a dedicated health provider has increased 3 percent among women ages 18-44
  • Teen births have declined 8 percent
  • Number of well visits varies widely among the states 

Deneen Vojta, M.D., a pediatrician and senior adviser to United Health Foundation and Executive Vice President, Enterprise Research and Development, United Health Group, is available for interviews about the report. United Health Foundation is also making data experts available for in-depth discussions of the data behind the findings.  To get in touch with an expert, contact Ben Arens at




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