14. Rhode Island
Rhode Island is among the few states seeing faster decreases in smoking and slower increases in obesity, compared to the rest of the United States. The state has the highest rate of immunizations among teens in the country. It also has the highest number of primary care physicians per capita.
Strengths: Low percentage of children in poverty; high immunization coverage among adolescents; higher number of primary care physicians.
Challenges: High rate of drug deaths; large disparity in health status by educational attainment; high prevalence of frequent mental distress.