Minnesota includes partners at the state, local and community levels in their efforts to improve health outcomes using the rankings, collaborating closely with local health departments, departments of education and transportation, local schools, chambers of commerce, and farmers.“The Minnesota Department of Health utilizes America’s Health Rankings as a true driver for change,” said Paul Jarris, M.D., MBA, executive director of ASTHO. “We are proud of the leadership the state has shown using these indicators to address smoking, obesity, diabetes, infant mortality and other health issues.” “With America’s Health Rankings, it is essential to focus not only on reporting health results, but improving them,” said Reed Tuckson, M.D., senior medical adviser to United Health Foundation. “The full title of the report is America’s Health Rankings: A Call to Action for Individuals & Their Communities. The call to action is an essential component of the mission of this project. As such, we are excited by, and appreciative of the work done by the Minnesota Department of Health to use this report for targeted and effective action in service to advancing optimal health for their state.” About America’s Health RankingsAmerica’s Health Rankings® is the longest-running report of its kind. For 23 years, the Rankings has provided an analysis of national health on a state-by-state basis by evaluating a historical and comprehensive set of health, environmental and socioeconomic data to determine national health benchmarks and state rankings. The Rankings employs a unique methodology, developed and annually reviewed by a Scientific Advisory Committee of leading public health scholars. The data in the report come from well-recognized outside sources, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American Medical Association, FBI, Dartmouth Atlas Project, U.S. Department of Education and Census Bureau. The report is reviewed and overseen by a Scientific Advisory Committee, with members from leading academic institutions, government agencies and the private sector. For more information, visit www.americashealthrankings.org. About ASTHOASTHO is the national nonprofit organization representing the public health agencies of the United States, the U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia, as well as the more than 100,000 public health professionals these agencies employ. ASTHO members, the chief health officials of these jurisdictions, are dedicated to formulating and influencing sound public health policy and to ensuring excellence in state-based public health practice. Web: www.astho.org; Twitter: @ASTHO. About United Health FoundationGuided by a passion to help people live healthier lives, United Health Foundation provides helpful information to support decisions that lead to better health outcomes and healthier communities. The Foundation also supports activities that expand access to quality health care services for those in challenging circumstances and partners with others to improve the well-being of communities. After its establishment by UnitedHealth Group [NYSE:UNH] in 1999 as a not-for-profit, private foundation, the Foundation has committed more than $210 million to improve health and health care. For additional information, please visit www.unitedhealthfoundation.org. Twitter: @AHR_RankingsFacebook: www.facebook.com/AmericasHealthRankingsWebsite: www.americashealthrankings.org Click here to subscribe to Mobile Alerts for UnitedHealth Group.