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Florida Slips in Rankings

Where Florida once ranked at 41 in terms of statewide health, sadly that already poor ranking has gotten worse. Attributed to the increase in uninsured residents as well as high rates of infectious disease, the state’s overall health has declined. On the flip side, Florida now enjoys better air quality, fewer incidents of obesity and a decrease in the use of tobacco. Sadly though, our state’s children are suffering more the effects of the bad economy as there has been a staggering increase of 23 percent who live below the poverty line. Accordingly, the rate of uninsured children is unacceptably high. Suffering is especially high among minorities which experience frequent low birth rate and a high infant mortality rate. In fact, Florida ranks among the worst in infant mortality. Do you think these types of rankings prove as stimulus for affecting positive change?

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5 Responses to “Florida Slips in Rankings”

  1. ryan Says:

    I hope so. Something needs to be done. These statistics have to spark a change.

  2. Dan Says:

    Its unfortunate when your talking about children. Hopefully something changes quickly in the near future.

  3. Senta Says:

    I hope so too. Something needs to be done.

  4. Daveaux Says:

    Depends on who is looking at the rankings.

  5. Bud L Says:

    They should. I would be interested in what other states close statistically to Florida have done to address these issues. These kinds of stats are part of the whole cloth of our social ills and they usually only get partially addressed. Comprehensive solutions for all of our children is the starting point.

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