Report: Louisiana ranked most unhealthy state in 2018 – WAFB

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Report: Louisiana ranked most unhealthy state in 2018 – WAFB

Louisiana ranks last on healthiest states list

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Danae Leake | December 22, 2018 at 1:13 PM CST – Updated December 22 at 10:48 PM

(WAFB) – A health alert that probably won’t be a surprise to many of us in the South.

Children in poverty and a “high prevalence” of mental distress are some of Louisiana’s biggest health challenges, according to the report. Despite these challenges for the state, Louisiana has a high number of mental health providers. The state averages 271.9 providers per 100,000 population, compared with 234.7 per 100,000 nationally.

Louisiana also has a high HPV immunization coverage compared to the national average.

The study cited Hawaii as the healthiest state. It regained its title of healthiest state after dropping to No. 2 in 2017.

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