To better inform the public of health related topics, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) rely on a variety of online resources. To that end this week, the agency announced the launch of an updated Community Health Status Indicators (CHSI) online tool.
The updated website produces public health profiles for all 3,143 counties across the country. The data from these profiles includes key indicators of health outcomes and can be used to describe the population health status of a county.
Included in this information are factors that have the potential to influence health outcomes, such as health care access and quality, health behaviors, social factors, and the physical environment.
With the updated website, users can access updated peer county groups, health status indicators, a summary comparison page, and U.S. Census tract data and indicators for sub-populations (age groups, sex, and race/ethnicity) to identify potential health disparities.
According to the CDC press release, “… in this new version of CHSI, all indicators are benchmarked against those of peer counties, the median of all U.S. counties, and Healthy People 2020 targets.”
Some of the key points for organizations to consider when using the new site for conducting community health assessments is the ability to use CHSI data to:
• Assess community health status and identify disparities;
• Promote a shared understanding of the wide range of factors that can influence health; and
• Mobilize multi-sector partnerships to work together to improve population health
Access to the new online CHSI tool can be found at: wwwn.cdc.gov/communityhealth.