Vermont ranked 2nd in nation for health of women, children, and infants

BURLINGTON – A new report ranks Vermont second overall in the nation for women and children’s health.

United Health Foundation’s 2016 America’s Health Rankings Health of Women and Children Report provides an in-depth look at state successes and challenges in promoting the health of women, infants, and children.

The report evaluates and ranks the 50 states based on more than 60 measures of health and well-being from 18 individual sources of data.

“This is another in a long series of national indicators that show Vermont’s approach to promoting positive health outcomes is making a real difference in people’s lives,” said Breena Holmes, M.D., director of maternal and child health.

In addition to overall scoring, states are ranked relative to each other in three categories, Women, Infants and Children, as well as by individual measures.

Vermont ranked third in the nation for women’s health, third for infants, and fourth for children.

“These are complex issues, and we have been working for years in Vermont to bend the curve,” said Holmes. “This report is only a snapshot, but when I see that nearly all women are getting prenatal care and that Vermont kids can get the care they need because they have health insurance, I know we are on the right path.”

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