Illinois finds itself just below the middle of all states in a new report from United Health Foundation’s America’s Health Rankings. The report puts the Land of Lincoln at No. 28 among all states after stalling at No. 30 for four prior years.
A news release announcing Illinois’ position from United Health Foundation says Illinois’ strengths include a low rate of drug deaths, ready availability of primary care physicians and a 13 percent decrease of premature death cases in the past ten years. However challenges facing the state include a high prevalence of excessive drinking, high levels of air pollution, high rate of preventable hospitalizations and an 11 percent increase of children in poverty in the past two years.