Public health indicators provide a snapshot of health status, health behavior, and public health system performance at the local level based on 35 indicators. The indicators measure six key aspects of public health:
- Community Context (1 indicator)
- Communicable Disease (4 indicators)
- Prevention and Health Promotion (9 indicators)
- Environmental Health (3 indicators)
- Maternal and Child Health (10 indicators)
- Access to Care (8 indicators)
Local health agencies are using local public health indicator data to identify or confirm health issues; develop action plans and evaluate progress; and to provide community education. Most agencies are interested in how their agency compares to the state as a whole, and many share their local boards of health and community groups.