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State of the USA Health Indicators: Letter Report (2009)

Chapter: Appendix B: Some Current Health Indicator Reports

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Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Some Current Health Indicator Reports." Institute of Medicine. 2009. State of the USA Health Indicators: Letter Report. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/12534.
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Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Some Current Health Indicator Reports." Institute of Medicine. 2009. State of the USA Health Indicators: Letter Report. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/12534.
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Appendix B Some Current Health Indicator Reports The report, Health Indicators: A Review of Reports Currently in Use, iden- tified and discussed the 34 different indicator sets listed below. Reports selected for inclusion “had to be created from high-quality and currently available data, relevant to important health problems, and created through the use of participatory processes and involving reputable individuals and organizations” (Wold, 2008). • America’s Children • America’s Health Ranking • Australia’s Measures of Progress • Boston Indicators Project • Canadian Index of Well-being/Prototype • Commission to Build a Healthier America •  ommonwealth Fund State Scorecard on Health System C Performance • Communities Count (Seattle King County, Washington) • Community Health Status Indicators • Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care • Early Childhood Indicators–Project Thrive • Environmental Public Health Indicators Project • Five Million Lives • Georgia Health Disparities Report • Health Care Costs 101 • Health of Wisconsin Report Card 2007 71

72 STATE OF THE USA HEALTH INDICATORS • Healthy People 2010 Leading (max. set) • Hospital Compare •  acksonville Indicators for Progress—JCCI 2007 Quality of Life J Report • Kids Count • Los Angeles County Key Health Indicators • National Healthcare Disparities Report • National Healthcare Quality Report • New York City Community Health  Profiles • New York City Health Disparities Report •  ECD Factbook 2008: Economic, Environmental and Social O Statistics • OECD Health Care Quality Index • Older Americans 2008: Key Indicators of Well-Being • Patient Safety in America Hospitals Study (Third Annual) • Prevention Institute—Prototype •  he Boston Paradox: Too Much Healthcare and Not Enough T Health •  rends and Indicators in the Changing Health Care Marketplace T Chartbook • Trust for America’s Health: Top 10 Priorities for Prevention • World Health Organization

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Researchers, policymakers, sociologists and doctors have long asked how to best measure the health of a nation, yet the challenge persists. The nonprofit State of the USA, Inc. (SUSA) is taking on this challenge, demonstrating how to measure the health of the United States. The organization is developing a new website intended to provide reliable and objective facts about the U.S. in a number of key areas, including health, and to provide an interactive tool with which individuals can track the progress made in each of these areas.

In 2008, SUSA asked the Institute of Medicine's Committee on the State of the USA Health Indicators to provide guidance on 20 key indicators to be used on the organization's website that would be valuable in assessing health. Each indicator was required to demonstrate:

  • a clear importance to health or health care,
  • the availability of reliable, high quality data to measure change in the indicators over time,
  • the potential to be measured with federally collected data, and
  • the capability to be broken down by geography, populations subgroups including race and ethnicity, and socioeconomic status.

Taken together, the selected indicators reflect the overall health of the nation and the efficiency and efficacy of U.S. health systems. The complete list of 20 can be found in the report brief and book.

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