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Massachusetts Ranks 10th Overall for Children’s Health

June 8, 2021 • Our Blog • General Health
Massachusetts Ranks 10th Overall for Children's Health
A new list from WalletHub that looked at children’s healthcare across the country found that Massachusetts ranks 10th overall. Learn more about what that ranking means. Children’s health is always a top priority for parents. Now more than ever, parents are taking extra steps to ensure their children are at their healthiest. For parents living in Massachusetts, there’s some good news on that front. A recent analysis of children’s health and healthcare across the United States by WalletHub found that Massachusetts ranks 10th overall for children’s health. While the ranking is a solid place to start, there’s still room for improvement. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at the list and where exactly Massachusetts ranks on WalletHub’s different measures.

Understanding the WalletHub List

To create its list of the Best & Worst States for Children’s Healthcare, WalletHub compared all 50 states and the District of Columbia across three key dimensions for kids aged 0 to 17 years: kids’ health and access to healthcare; kids’ nutrition, physical activity, and obesity; and kids’ oral health. Within those 3 dimensions, WalletHub used 35 relevant metrics to rate the states, grading each one on a hundred point scale, with 100 reflecting the best care for kids.

Where Does Massachusetts Rank?

Overall, Massachusetts ranks 10th for health across the 50 states and D.C. However, its rankings across the three categories have quite a bit of variability.  When it comes to the second category (kids’ nutrition, physical activity, and obesity), Massachusetts comes out on top. In fact, the state is ranked number one in the category! The rankings for the first and third categories are unfortunately quite a bit lower. In the category of kids’ health and access to healthcare, Massachusetts ranked 24th out of 51, and when it comes to kids’ oral health, the state ranked only slightly higher, at 22nd out of 51.  Fortunately, the state ranked quite highly on several important metrics that were used to determine the overall rankings. Massachusetts had the lowest percentage of uninsured children out of any state, as well as the highest number of children with a recent medical and dental checkup. The state also had the third lowest infant death rate and the fourth lowest percentage of overweight kids.  All of these numbers show that while there are some areas where Massachusetts may not have ranked as highly as we might hope, the state is still doing very well when it comes to kids’ health in many categories. Knowing where the state can improve is important for driving positive change in both the short and long term.

Keeping Kids Healthy in Massachusetts

Kids’ Health, a leading pediatric clinic in Beverly Massachusetts, is pleased to be located in a state that values children’s health and wellbeing so highly. If you are interested in making an appointment to help your child stay healthy, call us or reach out online to schedule an in-person or telehealth appointment with one of our doctors today!...