Virginia's goal is to inspire and support Virginians toward healthy lives and strong and resilient families.
- Virginia has the lowest rate in the nation for children placed in foster care.
- Virginia is generally improving on the risk factors that affect good health -- eating a healthy diet, getting adequate physical exercise, avoiding diabetes, etc.
- Virginia currently ranks in the top 10 for death rates from accidents, chronic lung disease, and diabetes; however, it fares only passing well with cancer deaths, life expectancy rates, and infant mortality.
- The rate of teen pregnancy has generally declined in Virginia since the 1990s and that trend is expected to continue.
- As of 2014, over 860,000 Virginians lacked health insurance.
- According to the 2015 County Health Rankings, healthier localities in Virginia (and across the U.S.) have higher college attendance rates, fewer preventable hospital stays, and better access to exercise opportunities.
The health and family indicators help to assess the progress we are making, understand the key elements that influence performance, and clarify the role the Commonwealth is taking to ensure that Virginians enjoy a high quality of life.