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How Does the United States Compare in Key Determinants of Health

- Provide a brief description of the two health indicators you selected, citing specific sources.
- Explain how the U.S. ranks on these indicators compared to other nations.
- Explain two factors that might influence those rankings and the relative standing of the U.S. compared to the other nations.
- Determine which two states rank the best and which two states rank the worst for those indicators. Describe factors you believe might contribute to those relative rankings among the states.

References Readings
- Wilkinson, R., & Pickett, K. (2010). The spirit level: Why greater equality makes societies stronger. New York, NY: Bloomsbury Press.
o Chapter 4, "Community Life and Social Relations" (pp. 49-62)
- Centers for Disease Control. (2011, January 14). Health disparities and inequalities report—United States. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, 60(Suppl.), 1-116.
o Pages 3-17 are required; the remaining pages are optional.
- Bezruchka, S. (2010). Health equity in the USA. Social Alternatives, 29(2), 50-56.
Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.
- Central Intelligence Agency. (n.d.). The world factbook. Retrieved February 19, 2014, from https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/index.html

Review selected pages below:
o Country Comparison: Life Expectancy at Birth
https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/rankorder/2102rank.html
o Country Comparison: Infant Mortality Rate
https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/rankorder/2091rank.html
- Gapminder. (2013). Gapminder world offline. Retrieved from http://www.gapminder.org/world-offline/
- National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO). (2013). Retrieved from http://www.naccho.org/
- United Health Foundation. (2013). America's health report: About the rankings. Retrieved from http://www.americashealthrankings.org/About/AboutRankings
- World Health Organization. (2014). World health statistics. Retrieved from http://www.who.int/gho/publications/world_health_statistics/en/index.html

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- Provide a brief description of the two health indicators you selected, citing specific sources.

Life expectancy is directly tied to a country's overall quality of life, and the life expectancy at birth ealt indicator attempts to analyze and accurately compare the average number of years to be lived by a group of people born in the same year across the world. The objective is to ascertain if mortality at each age remains constant in the future. Life expectancy helps identify countries that have the best quality of life.

Infant mortality rates sare a direct indicator of a country's health ...

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Just under 400 words discuss the determinants of health in the US.

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