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Assessment of State Capacity to Identify and Track Disparities in the Leading Health Indicators

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Publication Date: December 2007

Publisher(s): Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.

Author(s): Marsha Gold; Melissa Neuman; Allison Hedley Dodd

Topic: Health (Health promotion)

Type: Report

Abstract:

Assessing health status is a core function of public health on the state level. This report summarizes the data available in each state for health assessment, a necessary step in achieving public health goals. Using the leading indicators from Healthy People 2010, the authors found that while data generally are available across all states, gaps do exist. Across states, data sometimes are not available for a few specific health objectives and for certain age groups.