How does Massachusetts Perform on Health Opportunity and Equity?
This graphic illustrates how Massachusetts compares to other states across various factors that influence health
Domain score: 73
Social & Economic Factors
Domain score: 57
Community & Safety Factors
Domain score: 63
Domain score: 52
Access to Health Care
Domain score: 94
Key State Highlights
While Massachusetts ranks in the top states nationwide across measures of health care access and outcomes, Hispanic and American Indians/Alaska Native residents still suffer from substantial socioeconomic, environmental, and social inequities.
- Hispanic individuals in Massachusetts have the fewest opportunities to own a home, have a livable income, attain post-secondary education, or have a dedicated healthcare provider. They also face greater community and safety factor challenges, as they are least likely to live in areas of low rates of physical assault, robbery, poverty, and liquor store density.
- Despite Massachusetts’ top ranking for health outcomes, Black and American Indian/Alaska Native populations still face substantial inequities. Black populations experience higher rates of premature mortality and low birth weight in infants. Only 33% of American Indian/Alaska Native adults are in very good or excellent health, compared to the state rate of 56%.
- American Indian/Alaska Native individuals in Massachusetts also face difficulty with affordable and quality housing and have the lowest rate of youth aged 16-24 in school or working.
- Black residents in Massachusetts are less likely to live in areas with low rates of homicide and physical assault. Only 65% of Black populations live in low homicide areas compared to the state rate of 89%.
Adult Health Status
of Massachusetts adults are in very good or excellent health
of Massachusetts adults with very good or excellent health
Distance to Goal767,936
more adults in Massachusetts would need to be in very good or excellent health to achieve the HOPE Goal
How Does Massachusetts Compare to Other States?
Distance to Goal
State Distance to Goal
Adult Health Status
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