As one of the highest scoring themes in 2022 at 47.67, the Public Health score has increased by nearly 8 points since the baseline score of 39.89 in 2018. It is important to note that indicators 38 and 39 from Topic 1 (“Health Care Access”) were not updated due to the lack of new reliable data. This theme explores disparities in a wide range of health arenas, including access to health care, personal behaviors impacting health, social determinants of health, mental health, and mortality.

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It is important to note a relatively high score indicates lower levels of inequality and is not a reflection of the overall state of health across the population. In fact, Oklahoma as a state frequently ranks poorly against other states in numerous health measures. According to the America’s Health Rankings® 2022 Annual Report by the United Health Foundation, Oklahoma ranks 45th in overall health status, the 6th lowest of all 50 states.

Health is a product of interrelated individual and systemic or structural factors, including genetic predispositions, community and environment, policies and practices of health care systems, and quality of health care. Those factors and many others can also be called social determinants of health (SDOH) – the social, economic, and physical characteristics defining the communities in which people live, work, and play. SDOH have considerable influence on health outcomes and health disparities among different groups of people. Disparities in life expectancy, morbidity and mortality, functional limitations, health care expenditures, and overall health status are impacted by different experiences with social, economic, and physical environments.

Source: United Health Foundation, America’s Health Rankings® 2022 Annual Report,

THE BELOW INTERACTIVE GRAPHS display five years of Tulsa Equality Indicator scores, divided into the three Topics for this Theme, and three Indicators for each Topic. The lines represent each Indicators’ scores for five years, allowing the viewer to observe how each score has changed over time and to compare the scores of different Indicators within a Theme. A hexagon reflects data from previous reporting year.  More on how we measure equality >

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