Issues, Outcomes, and Impact

Creating awareness about the strengths, challenges, health disparities, and significant changes of public health in Nevada.

Ranking: Nevada ranked 37th in 2013 and previously ranked 38th in 2012.

Strengths: Nevada’s obesity rate is lower than most other states. However, more than 560,000 adults are obese in the state. In the past year the prevalence of smoking decreased from 22.9 percent to 18.1 percent of adults and the prevalence of binge drinking decreased from 18.6 percent to 15.1 percent of adults. In the past 5 years, the rate of preventable hospitalization decreased by 14 percent from 65.3 to 57.3 discharges per 1,000 Medicare patients. In the past 10 years, the rate of cardiovascular deaths decreased by 25 percent  from 340.0 to 271.9 deaths per 100,000 population.

Challenges: Nevada’s challenges include a low high school graduation rate with 57.8 percent of incoming ninth graders who graduate within four years, a high violent crime rate at 607.6 offenses per 100,000 population, low immunization coverage with 65.3 percent of children ages 19 to 35 months receiving complete immunizations, low public health funding at $37.22 per person and high geographic disparity within the state at 21.9 percent. Nevada ranks higher for determinants than for health outcomes, indicating that overall healthiness has been improving.

Significant Changes: In the past 10 years, the rate of children living in poverty increased from 9.1 percent to 22.7 percent of persons younger than 18 years.  In the past 5 years,  the rate of uninsured population increased from 18.4 percent to 23.0 percent of the population.

Health Disparities: In Nevada, 52.1 percent of adults aged 25 years and older with at least a high school education report their health is very good or excellent compared to only 21.9 percent with less than a high school education, resulting in a gap of 30.2 percent.

Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health Web Site (Formerly the Nevada State Health Division):

(Statistics, data and rankings from the United Health Foundation’s “America’s Health Rankings.” See page 104 for Nevada’s data for 2013.)