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BCBS Association: The Health of America Report Understanding Health Conditions Across the U.S.

In partnership with Moody’s Analytics, the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association has published a report on understanding health conditions across the U.S. The report sets out to address these questions:

  • Why are some communities healthier than others?
  • Which factors are most important in keeping a population healthy: economics, healthy behaviors, or access to quality care?
  • How does the importance of these factors change when measuring different health conditions?

The report analyzes and scores the impact of population demographics, socio-economic factors, healthy behaviors, and access to care and other health care considerations for each of the following conditions:

  • Substance abuse
  • Depression
  • Hypertension
  • High cholesterol
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Hyperactivity
  • Breast cancer
  • Lung cancer

Source: Blue Cross Blue Shield Association: Health of America Report-Understanding Health Conditions across the U.S. December, 2017. https://www.bcbs.com/sites/default/files/file-attachments/health-of-america-report/BCBS.HealthOfAmericaReport.Moodys_02.pdf.

Posted by AHA Resource Center (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org

A (work)force to be reckoned with . . .

The latest data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that the hospital workforce grew by 1.3 percent in the last year – a 0.3 percent larger growth rate than the overall U.S. nonfarm workforce.  Hospital employees represent 34 percent of all health care workers and 3.6 percent of all nonfarm workers. 

About half – 49.5 percent – of all U.S. workers are women.  In health care and social assistance, the industry sector that includes hospitals, that percentage shoots up to just under 80 percent.


Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.  Employees on nonfarm payrolls by major industry sector and selected industry detail, seasonally adjusted.   Current Employment Statistics.  April 2010-April 2011.  ftp://ftp.bls.gov/pub/suppl/empsit.ceseeb3.txt 

BLS.  Women employees on nonfarm payrolls by major industry sector and selected industry detail, seasonally adjusted.  Current Employment Statistics.  April 2010-April 2011.  ftp://ftp.bls.gov/pub/suppl/empsit.ceseeb4.txt