A major problem with public health in the U.S. today is that many people’s health problems are “hidden in plain sight,” meaning they aren’t doing anything to treat their problems or health care systems aren’t providing them with information, he said.
For example, 67 million U.S. adults have high blood pressure, but less than half of them have it under control, he said. Similarly, less than 72 percent of the 1.2 million people in the U.S. diagnosed with HIV have their disease under control.
Oklahoma health was ranked 43rd in the nation by the United Health Foundation. With a little over a fourth of Oklahomans smoking on a regular basis, Oklahoma is ranked 47th in the nation for smoking. A little over 30 percent are obese, putting the state’s obesity ranking at 45.