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State Profile

Rhode Island

Population (2019): 1,059 million

Rhode Island’s public health outcomes stack up unevenly against those of the United States, but it has taken several steps that strengthened its preparedness for public health emergencies. Deaths owed to drug misuse, alcohol, or suicide outpace the country as a whole. Its rates of obesity and related conditions indicate a mixed picture, with the percentage of adults with obesity lower than the U.S. median, even as rates of diabetes and hypertension rank in the middle of the pack. Finally, the state achieved a score of nine out of a possible 10 measures of public health preparedness for diseases, disasters, and bioterrorism.

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Rhode Island at a glance

16.4

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

39.0

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

8.5

Suicide deaths (per 100,000), 2020

62.6

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

30.1

Percent of adults who have obesity, 2020

17.5

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

10.6

Percent of adults who have diabetes, 2020

33.0

Percent of adults who have hypertension, 2020

Medim Tier

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

66.4

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

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