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State Profile

Louisiana

Population (2019): 4.648 million

Louisiana’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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Louisiana at a glance

47.5

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

Medium Tier

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

39.7

Percent of adults who have hypertension, 2019

12.6

Percent of adults who have diabetes, 2019

20.8

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

35.9

Percent of adults who have obesity, 2019

50.2

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

15

Suicide deaths (per 100,000), 2019

29.3

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

6.9

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

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