The State of Hoosier Health

A report from the Alliance for a Healthier Indiana

Indiana ranks 38th among the nation’s 50 states in overall health, according to the America’s Health Rankings 2017 Annual Report. Indiana’s low ranking can be attributed in part to poor health habits and poor health outcomes among Hoosiers. The state also is impeded by low investment in public health. Indiana spends just $49 per person in public health funding—a mere 57 percent of the U.S. average. Beyond simply Hoosier health, these poor rankings hurt Indiana’s businesses, economy, and national reputation.

  • 34th worst in drug deaths
  • 40th worst in obesity
  • 41st worst in percentage of smokers
  • 42nd worst in infant mortality
  • 49th worst in public health funding

The Alliance for a Healthier Indiana is working to tackle these tough issues, but needs partners to fight the battle. Together, we can pave the path to Hoosier health. Visit to join the Alliance and commit to a #HealthierIndiana.

The Alliance has enhanced to include localized information and resources to equip its partners in the fight to improve Hoosier health. Visitors can compare county-level health data to state and national averages and access 600+ local and statewide health resources via the new County Health Directory. Visit to see how your county compares.