How We Measured Nevada's Standing

Weight of Individual Measures

Three criteria were considered by America’s Health Rankings™ when assigning weights to measures.

  1. What effect does a measure have on overall health?
  2. Is the effect measured solely by this measure or is it included in other measures?
  3. How reliable is the data supporting a measure?

The weights of the measures total 100 percent. The column labeled “% of Total” indicates the weight of each measure in determining the overall ranking. For example, prevalence of smoking is 7.5 percent of the America’s Health Rankings™. The column labeled “Effect on Score” presents how each measure positively or negatively relates to the overall ranking. For example, a high prevalence of smoking has a negative effect on score and will lower the ranking of a state. An increase in the percent of high school graduates has a positive effect on score and will increase the overall ranking of a state.

NAME OF MEASURES

% OF TOTAL

 EFFECT ON SCORE

 

 

 

BEHAVIORS

 

 

Prevalence of Smoking

7.5

 Negative

Prevalence of Binge Drinking

5.0

 Negative

Prevalence of Obesity

7.5

 Negative

 

 

 

COMMUNITY & ENVIRONMENT

 

 

High School Graduation

5.0

 Positive

Violent Crime

5.0

 Negative

Occupational Fatalities

2.5

 Negative

Infectious Disease

5.0

 Negative

Children in Poverty

5.0

 Negative

Air Pollution

5.0

 Negative

 

 

 

PUBLIC & HEALTH POLICIES

 

 

Lack of Health Insurance

5.0

 Negative

Public Health Funding

2.5

 Positive

Immunization Coverage

5.0

 Positive

 

 

 

CLINICAL CARE

 

 

Prenatal Care

5.0

 Positive

Primary Care Physicians

2.5

 Positive

Preventable Hospitalizations

5.0

 Negative

Poor Mental Health Days

2.5

 Negative

Poor Physical Health Days

2.5

 Negative

Geographic Disparity

5.0

 Negative

Infant Mortality

5.0

 Negative

Cardiovascular Deaths

2.5

 Negative

Cancer Deaths

2.5

 Negative

Premature Death

5.0

 Negative

 

 

 

OVERALL HEALTH RANKING

100