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Monitoring Progress in Population Health: Trends in Premature Death Rates

A line graph shows the trend lines for premature (<75 y, age-adjusted) death rates from 1990 to 2009 for the states ranked best and worst for current (2009) death rates (Minnesota, best vs Mississippi, worst); follow-up (2000s) trends (New Jersey, best vs Oklahoma, worst); and changes in trends from the baseline (1990s) to the follow-up (2000s) period (Connecticut, best vs New Mexico, worst).

Figure 1. Trends in premature (<75 y, age-adjusted) death rates from 1990 to 2009 for the best- and worst-ranked states, based on current (2009) death rates; follow-up (2000s) trends; and changes in trends from the baseline (1990s) to the follow-up (2000s) period. Data for this graph are available in the Table.

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Scatterplot shows the 32 states that had faster rates of improvement during the 2000s than during the 1990s and the 18 states that had a decline in the rate of improvement.

Figure 2. Correlation between baseline and follow-up trends for each state. States in which trends improved are plotted above the line, and states in which trends worsened are plotted below the line. Each state is represented by a diamond. The states with the best/worst performance are identified. Data for this graph are available in the Table. Data source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Wide-ranging Online Data for Epidemiologic Research (WONDER).

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