There are two main considerations in the process of selecting measures that will be used for ranking the health of communities. First and foremost, we aim for measures that meet our program's goals and objectives as well as measures that are innovating to meet community needs. Considerations specific to this purpose are listed in the first column of the table below. Subsequently, a measure must be technically and analytically feasible to be included in our model and not be limited by availability, cost, validity, coverage, or other matter. Considerations we have specific to this concern are listed in the second column of the table below.
CHR&R Program Goals/Objectives & Innovating to Meet Community Needs
We provide many additional measures for counties to further explore health in their community that did not qualify to be a ranked measure for one or more reasons listed above. Additional measures are categorized by health focus area and can be found for health outcomes, health behaviors, clinical care, social and economic factors, and physical environment in the county snapshot.
We provide demographic measures for counties to give background and context for understanding ranked measures. Demographic data on age structure, racial make-up, gender, and rurality for the county and the state can be found in the county snapshot.
We offer states the opportunity to provide measures specific to their state. Please contact us if you’re interested for your state.