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State Profile

Alabama

Population (2019): 4.903 million

Alabama’s public health outcomes generally lag those of the United States, and it has not taken several steps that would strengthen its preparedness for public health emergencies. Deaths owed to drug misuse, alcohol, or suicide trail the country as a whole. Its rates of obesity and related conditions indicate an area of concern, with the percentage of adults with obesity higher than the U.S. median, as rates of diabetes and hypertension rank high. Finally, the state achieved a score of four out of a possible 10 measures of public health preparedness for diseases, disasters, and bioterrorism.

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Alabama at a glance

48.3

Percent of population (age 6 months or older) who received seasonal flu vaccination, 2020-21

High Tier

Public health emergency preparedness performance tier (High, Medium, Low), 2021

42.5

Percent of adults who have hypertension, 2020

15.0

Percent of adults who have diabetes, 2020

17.3

Percent of children age 10-17 who have obesity, 2018-19

39.0

Percent of adults who have obesity, 2020

50.6

Deaths related to alcohol, drugs, or suicide (per 100,000), 2020

16.0

Suicide deaths (per 100,000), 2020

25.5

Drug-related deaths (per 100,000), 2020

10.0

Alcohol-related deaths (per 100,000), 2020

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