United Health Foundation and State Health Officials Award Funding and Program Support to Six States to Improve Health Outcomes

  United Health Foundation and State Health Officials Award Funding and
  Program Support to Six States to Improve Health Outcomes

  *Alaska, Arkansas, Georgia, Kansas, Oklahoma and Rhode Island each will
    receive at least $25,000 from United Health Foundation and project support
    from ASTHO
  *Projects focus on physician best practices and evidence-based care to
    reduce diabetes, obesity, smoking and infant mortality, as well as
    disparities in access to care and health outcomes

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ARLINGTON, Va. -- May 03, 2013

The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) and United
Health Foundation announced that six states – Alaska, Arkansas, Georgia,
Kansas, Oklahoma and Rhode Island – will receive funding and support to
improve health outcomes in their states.

Each state will receive at least $25,000 from United Health Foundation and
training and support from ASTHO to develop an innovative collaborative care
model that will provide physician training and facilitate best practices,
based on evidence-based care standards, to improve each state’s health
outcomes in the following areas: diabetes, infant mortality, obesity and

The states will focus on using best practices and evidence-based approaches to
improve at least two of the four health indicators: Alaska and Kansas will
focus on diabetes and obesity; Oklahoma and Rhode Island on obesity and
smoking; Arkansas on diabetes and infant mortality; and Georgia on obesity and
infant mortality.

The conditions were chosen due to each state’s prevalence as measured by
United Health Foundation’s America’s Health Rankings: A Call to Action.
Disparities between populations in disease, health outcomes and access to care
will be addressed across all four indicators as part of the measures for

ASTHO will also share best practices among the learning collaborative states
and others that have demonstrated success in key areas and measure progress
toward improved health outcomes. ASTHO will share the lessons learned with
other states to offer best-practice recommendations that will lead to
healthier people, families, communities, states and a healthier America.

“Using America’s Health Rankings as a catalyst to improve health and
well-being in these six states is an example of the ingenuity and creativity
of the public health community,” said ASTHO Executive Director Paul Jarris,
M.D., MPA. “The learning collaborative is an exciting program that will not
only inspire the six state teams, it will yield ideas and practices that all
states can adapt to their needs. ASTHO and United Health Foundation approach
this new project with great anticipation and confidence that it will be highly
valuable to state and territorial health agencies.”

“The purpose of America’s Health Rankings is to stimulate effective and
targeted action by individuals, elected officials, medical and public health
professionals, employers, educators and communities to improve the health of
their populations,” said Reed Tuckson M.D., United Health Foundation medical
adviser. “This learning collaborative will identify key lessons from our six
participating states that will benefit not only the participants in these
states, but people across the nation. We applaud ASTHO for its leadership in
bringing innovative solutions to the fight for the healthiest possible

For more information on America’s Health Rankings or the current ranking of
any state, visit http://www.americashealthrankings.org.

ASTHO is the national nonprofit organization representing the public health
agencies of the United States, the U.S. territories, and the District of
Columbia, as well as the more than 100,000 public health professionals these
agencies employ. ASTHO members, the chief health officials of these
jurisdictions, are dedicated to formulating and influencing sound public
health policy and to ensuring excellence in state-based public health
practice. Web: www.astho.org; Twitter: @ASTHO.

About United Health Foundation
Guided by a passion to help people live healthier lives, United Health
Foundation provides helpful information to support decisions that lead to
better health outcomes and healthier communities. The Foundation also supports
activities that expand access to quality health care services for those in
challenging circumstances and partners with others to improve the well-being
of communities. After its establishment by UnitedHealth Group [NYSE: UNH] in
1999 as a not-for-profit, private foundation, the Foundation has committed
more than $200 million to improve health and health care. For additional
information, please visit www.unitedhealthfoundation.org

About America’s Health Rankings^®
America’s Health Rankings^® is an annual comprehensive assessment of the
nation’s health on a state-by state basis. It is published jointly by United
Health Foundation, American Public Health Association and Partnership for

The data in the report come from well-recognized outside sources, such as the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American Medical Association, FBI,
Dartmouth Atlas Project, U.S. Department of Education and Census Bureau. The
report is reviewed and overseen by a Scientific Advisory Committee, with
members from leading academic institutions, government agencies and the
private sector.

America’s Health Rankings^® is the longest-running report of its kind. For 23
years, the Rankings has provided an analysis of national health on a
state-by-state basis by evaluating a historical and comprehensive set of
health, environmental and socioeconomic data to determine national health
benchmarks and state rankings. The Rankings employs a unique methodology,
developed and annually reviewed by a Scientific Advisory Committee of leading
public health scholars. For more information, visit

Twitter: @AHR_Rankings
Facebook: www.facebook.com/AmericasHealthRankings
Website: www.americashealthrankings.org

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