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State Profile

Arkansas

Population (2019): 3.017 million

Arkansas’s public health outcomes stack up unevenly against 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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Arkansas at a glance

54.9

Percent of population (age 6 months or older) who received seasonal flu vaccination, 2018-19

Low Tier

Public health emergency preparedness performance tier (High, Medium, Low), 2020

41

Percent of adults who have hypertension, 2019

13.6

Percent of adults who have diabetes, 2019

16.2

Percent of children age 10-17 who have obesity, 2017-18

37.4

Percent of adults who have obesity, 2019

41.1

Deaths related to alcohol, drugs, or suicide (per 100,000), 2019

18.0

Suicide deaths (per 100,000), 2019

14.0

Drug-related deaths (per 100,000), 2019

10.3

Alcohol-related deaths (per 100,000), 2019

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