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WASHINGTON STATE LOCAL PUBLIC HEALTH INDICATORS. September 2011. What are the Local Public Health Indicators?. Indicators and criteria were developed by local and state public health Local public health indicators are a snapshot of: Population health status and health determinants

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Washington state local public health indicators

WASHINGTON STATELOCALPUBLIC HEALTH INDICATORS

September 2011


What are the local public health indicators

What are the LocalPublic Health Indicators?

  • Indicators and criteria were developed by local and state public health

  • Local public health indicators are a snapshot of:

    • Population health status and health determinants

    • Public health system performance

  • These indicators represent a subset of available data

  • The sets provide critical health information essential for decision-making

  • Indicator data are used by nearly every local health agency

  • Provide us with a common set of data across the state for comparison


Criteria for selecting indicators

Criteria for Selecting Indicators

  • Measures important outcomes of public health’s work

  • Important to the entire population

  • Uses standard measures from existing data systems

  • Are actionable – local public health can implement activities to improve

  • Can be reported in at least 80% of local health jurisdictions with comparisons to the state

  • Measurable over time to determine trends

  • Understandable


Local public health indicators

Local Public Health Indicators

  • Measures important outcomes of public health’s work

    • Community Context

    • Communicable Disease

    • Prevention and Health Promotion

    • Maternal and Child Health

    • Access to Care

    • Environmental Public Health

  • Local public health indicators website launched and baseline data for most indicators posted in 2007

  • Indicator data are currently updated every two years

  • First round of data updates were released in Nov 2009 with second round September-November 2011


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Local Public Health Indicators

In 2011 update:

  • Most indicators have three sets of data displayed enabling comparisons:

    • With 2007 baseline or with 2009 update

    • With other jurisdictions

    • With state and national averages

  • Four new indicators have been added:

    • Air Quality

    • Falls in Older adults

    • Poverty

    • Sadness and Hopelessness among Teens


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Local Public Health Indicators


How can the data be used

How Can the Data Be Used?

  • Work in conjunction with the standards to measure system performance as opposed to individual LHJ performance

  • Show outcomes of program interventions

  • Guide investments of limited resources

  • Focus efforts in prioritized health area


Washington state local public health indicators

[Indicator template – use to show your LHJ indicators doing better, the same, or worse than state]

In (name of jurisdiction)

Maternal and Child Health


Indicator maternal cigarette smoking

Indicator: Maternal Cigarette Smoking

Percent of women giving birth who smoked any time during pregnancy – data are from the birth certificate

Rationale:Tobacco smoking during pregnancy is the most important preventable cause of low birth weight

*Birth certificates – crude %

[Chart template – use to develop a chart for any indicator]


In name of jurisdiction

In (name of jurisdiction)

Trends are getting better for these indicators:

  • A

  • B

  • C

    Trends are getting worse for

    these indicators:

  • X

  • Y

  • Z

[Chart template – use to develop a chart for any indicator]


Example maternal cigarette smoking

Example: Maternal Cigarette Smoking

Usethe data to implement change

Decrease the number of women

who smoke during pregnancy

Plan a change

Make smoking cessation resources

available to all pregnant women

Doa change

Every woman receiving prenatal care

will be offered smoking cessation help

Studythe change

Less women are smoking during pregnancy

Acton change as needed

Expand the smoking cessation

to women before pregnancy

[Improvement template - Use to demonstrate planned activities to improve indicator]


Washington state local public health indicators

For more information go to:

www.doh.wa.gov/phip/khi/lphi/overview.htm


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