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Tennessee, the Volunteer State, ranks 43rd in the most recent America’s Health Rankings. The state rates poorly in several categories: air pollution (30th); cancer deaths (44th); children living in poverty (45th); incidence of chlamydia (34th); diabetes (48th); immunization among adolescents (38th); infant mortality (36th); lack of health insurance (31st); low birthweight (44th); obesity (36th); preventable deaths (43rd); preventable hospitalizations (43rd); smoking (47th); heart attack (46th); heart disease (45th); high blood pressure (45th); high cholesterol (30th); preterm birth (41st); stroke (45th); and, teen birth rate (42nd).
In the past year, HPV immunization among young females aged 13 to 17 years decreased 22% from 42.3% to 33.1%. Over the past two years, children living in poverty has increased 21%, while the number of cancer deaths since 1990 has increased 3% from 178.9 to 184.8 per 100,000 individuals. Tennessee has over 853,000 residents, with 9% of the population uninsured. The average cost of an inpatient hospital stay before insurance is $1,294 per day based on 2014 data, according to The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Tennessee had healthcare expenditures totaling more than $40.3 billion in 2009. The state has 125 hospitals and 50 HMO groups with membership exceeding 1.7 million individuals