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    Chartbook on long-term trends in health
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    Health, United States, 2016 is the 40th report on the health status of the nation and is submitted by the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services to the President and the Congress of the United States in compliance with Section 308 of the Public Health Service Act. This report was compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS).

    The Health, United States series presents an annual overview of national trends in health statistics. The report contains a Chartbook that assesses the nation's health by presenting trends and current information on selected measures of morbidity, mortality, health care utilization and access, health risk factors, prevention, health insurance, and personal health care expenditures. This year's Chartbook focuses on long-term trends in health. The report also contains 114 Trend Tables organized around four major subject areas: health status and determinants, health care utilization, health care resources, and health care expenditures. A companion report—Health, United States: In Brief—features information extracted from the full report. The complete report and related data products are available on the Health, United States website at:

    Health, United States, 2016 contains a summary At a Glance table that displays recent data on selected indicators of health and their determinants, cross-referenced to tables in the report. This is followed by a Highlights section, which focuses on both long-term trends and current data on topics of public health interest and illustrates the breadth of material included in Health, United States. The other major sections are a Chartbook, detailed Trend Tables, two Appendixes, and an Index. The major sections of the 2016 report are described below.

    The 2016 Chartbook contains 27 figures on long-term trends in health. As Health, United States enters its 40th year of reporting on the health of the nation, this year’s Chartbook focuses on trends in health and health care since 1975. Examining long-term trends in health informs the development and implementation of effective health policies and programs. The Chartbook has been grouped into five sections. The first section (Figures 1–5) presents an overview of the demographic and socioeconomic factors that have influenced the health of the nation over the last 40 years. The second section (Figures 6–14) focuses on health status and determinants: life expectancy, infant mortality leading causes of death, birth rates, cigarette smoking, obesity, untreated dental caries, diabetes prevalence, and uncontrolled hypertension. The third section (Figures 15–19) presents trends in health care utilization: use of prescription drugs, health care and emergency department visits, overnight hospital stays, and cancer screening tests. The fourth section (Figures 20–22) focuses on changes in health care resources: hospitals, primary and specialist physicians, and nursing homes. The fifth section (Figures 23–27) describes trends in health care expenditures: personal health care expenditures, mental health and substance use expenditures, Medicare managed care enrollment by state, and health insurance coverage.

    Suggested citation: National Center for Health Statistics. Health, United States, 2016: With Chartbook on Long-term Trends in Health. Hyattsville, MD. 2017.


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