HIDI HealthStats | April 2019

Miles Away, Worlds Apart:
Assessing Community Health Needs With exploreMOhealth.org

The Missouri ZIP Health Rankings data included on exploreMOhealth.org were updated on April 1 to reflect the most recent information on the health and social well-being of populations living in 940 Missouri ZIP codes. The updated data were generated by Missouri hospitals between fiscal years 2016 and 2018, and by the 2017 American Community Survey of the U.S. Census Bureau.

In addition to updating the timeframe, several new measures were added to the dataset, including hospital utilization for opioid misuse, dental caries and 13 prevention quality indicators on preventable inpatient admissions.

Combining health factors and outcomes, the state’s healthiest ZIP code during the 2016-2018 study period was 63124 in the St. Louis County neighborhood of Ladue. At the opposite end of the distribution was 63955 near Oxly, Mo., in southeastern Ripley County, which ranked 940th. New data for 940 Missouri ZIP codes now is available at exploreMOhealth.org.

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