Community Health Status Indicators - CHSI
CDC recently released the updated Community Health Status Indicators (CHSI) online tool that produces public health profiles for every county in the United States. This app includes key indicators and factors that affect health outcomes such as health care access, health behaviors, social factors, and the physical environment. The CHSI 2015 tool also offers the ability to compare the health status of counties across the United States.
CHSI 2015 is an interactive web application that produces health profiles for all 3,143 counties in the United States. Each profile includes key indicators of health outcomes, which describe the population health status of a county and factors that have the potential to influence health outcomes, such as health care access and quality, health behaviors, social factors and the physical environment.
The social factors and the physical environment are especially important because they represent the conditions in which people are born, work, and play. Neighborhoods with affordable healthy food, safe and accessible housing, and quality employment opportunities can positively influence behaviors and help to create healthy lifestyles. The World Health Organization and others call the living conditions that can affect health and quality of life the “social determinants of health”.
Healthy People (HP) 2020 highlights the importance of addressing the social determinants of health by including as one of its four overarching goals, “Create social and physical environments that promote good health for all”. CHSI 2015 supports this goal by including a broad range of indicators, including multiple indicators related to the social and physical environment.