January 23, 2014
Concord, NH – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) just released their Prevention Status Reports 2013 (PSR), which looks at how each state is doing on prevention in a number of public health areas. Overall New Hampshire scored well on the 10 topics addressed. The report looks at different potential solutions for each issue and rates the states on each of them with a red, yellow, green system.
The ten areas and how New Hampshire rated are listed below:
- Excessive Alcohol Use – New Hampshire is on par with the U.S. as a whole in this category, except for alcohol consumption per person per year, which is at 4.4 gallons versus the U.S. average of 2.3. The State also does have a commercial liability law, which earned a green rating.
- Food Safety – The NH Public Health Labs scored green for testing all samples of both Salmonella and E. coli submitted to them.
- Healthcare-Associated Infections – The State is doing well regarding HAIs in that the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) participates in a statewide prevention program and performs data gathering and reporting annually, which earned a green rating.
- Heart Disease and Stroke – New Hampshire has lower coronary heart disease death, self-reported high blood pressure, and stroke rates than the U.S. average, but a slightly higher self-reported high cholesterol rate. The State does not have a robust electronic health records system, and the pharmacist collaborative drug therapy management policy only received a yellow rating.
- HIV – Though New Hampshire has low prevalence rates for HIV (the virus that causes AIDS) and for new diagnoses overall, the rate of new HIV diagnoses of late stage disease is slightly higher than the U.S. average. The State also scored green on all three identified solution areas: Medicaid reimbursement, HIV testing laws, and data reporting.
- Motor Vehicle Injuries – New Hampshire was on par with the U.S. as a whole for the overall motor-vehicle-related death rate, the death rate among 15–20 year olds, and the percentage of crashes related to alcohol consumption, but observed seat belt use is much lower than the national average. The State also received three red scores on seat belt law, child passenger restraint law, and graduated driver licensing.
- Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity – Our obesity rates are no better than the national average and consumption of soda and physical education classes for high school students are worse than the U.S. overall. The ratings for status of policy and practice solutions were three reds, a yellow, and a green.
- Prescription Drug Overdose – The State’s rates of abuse of prescription drugs are about the same as the national rates, but New Hampshire does not have a pain clinic law nor a prescription drug monitoring program.
- Teen Pregnancy – The teen pregnancy rate in New Hampshire and the use of birth control by teens are much better than the national average, but the State received a red rating for not expanding Medicaid coverage to include family planning.
- Tobacco Use – The smoking rates in New Hampshire are on par with the U.S. rates, but the State received a yellow score for cigarette excise tax, a red for a comprehensive state smoke-free policy, and a red for tobacco control funding.
"As a whole we are doing well in our prevention rates," said Dr. José Montero, Director of Public Health at the DHHS Division of Public Health Services. "I am proud of the employees at the DHHS and all of our partners and the excellent work they do every day under difficult circumstances to protect the people of New Hampshire. There is, however, room for improvement, and we will certainly be using this report to analyze where we can improve going forward."
To read the entire report, visit the PSR website at www.cdc.gov/stltpublichealth/psr. For questions about the report itself, contact [email protected]. To learn more about the Division of Public Health Services at DHHS and prevention, visit www.dhhs.nh.gov.