199710 Using community data to improve community health: Planning, policy, and tracking

Wednesday, November 11, 2009: 8:30 AM

Ron Bialek, MPP , Public Health Foundation, Washington, DC
The Community Health Status Indicators (CHSI) is a report that helps communities to see, react, and act upon creating a healthy community. The report can serve as a starting point for policy development and planning by helping with community assessment of needs, quantification of vulnerable populations, and measurement of preventable diseases, disabilities, and deaths.

The goal of CHSI is to provide easy to understand reports that convey the breadth of public health issues and the uniqueness of local needs and assets. With the re-launch of CHSI in 2008, local and state public health agencies, boards of health, communities, policymakers, researchers, and others have online access to comprehensive and nationally comparable data and useful information about the health of all counties in the United States. In addition, CHSI provides peer-county comparisons, enabling communities to benchmark their health indicators against similar counties. This information can assist policy development and planning that ultimately can improve health outcomes. During this session case examples will show how communities can use CHSI to plan, influence policy, and track their efforts to improve community health status. CHSi is a partnership of federal and non-profit partners (http://communityhealth.hhs.gov).

Learning Objectives:
•Identify health status indicators that are available at the county level. •Identify the web site where they can find the reports, database and mapping capabilities. •Identify how the health status indicators have been used for planning, policy, and tracking. •Compare a community’s health status with that of their peer counties. •Demonstrate how to use the reports and maps to build community and build political support for improving health status.

Keywords: Indicators, Community

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Masters degree in Ecological-Community Psychology; 15 years working with indicators and public health
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.