The state of health in America is not identical from region to region or state to state, with even significant differences evident at a county by county level.
The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, an independent global health research center at the University of Washington, has used data visualization methods to integrate global health data with maps to demonstrate regional differences in health status.
For example, they provide the following comparisons:
- US life expectancy by county, sex, and race, 1987-2007
- Global breast and cervical cancer incidence and mortality by age, region, and country, 1980-2010
- US diabetes prevalence by county, 2008
Additional visualizations are available on the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation’s website.