Healthy Communities Institute

Indicator Classification Definitions

Classifications are cross-cutting themes that can apply to an indicator. Below are the definitions of each classification:
 
Clinical Care: Indicators that measure medical care, including how and if care is provided. Examples include: mothers who received late or no prenatal care, and primary care provider rate.
 
Health Outcome: Indicators that measure acute or one time events including death. Examples include: adults who experienced a stroke, and death rate due to lung cancer.
 
Health Behaviors: Indicators that measure individual behaviors. Examples include: fruit and vegetable consumption, adults who smoke, and children with influenza vaccination. 
 
Health Status: Indicators that measure chronic conditions, general or self-reported health status, and emotional health. Examples include: adults who are obese, children with asthma, and persons with a disability.
 
Social Determinants of Health: Indicators that measure the social conditions in the environment in which people live that affect health and well-being. Examples include: students proficient in reading, families living below the poverty level, and people 65+ living alone
 
Physical Determinant of Health: Indicators that measure physical conditions in the environment in which people live that affect health and well-being. Examples include: mean travel time to work, annual particle pollution, and liquor store density.
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