About Data & Indicators : Health of the Nation 2020
“If we could first know where we are and whither we are tending, we would better judge what to do, and how to do it …”
"I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts."
The Health of the Nation Initiative provides data and information that will help you be part of the political conversation and take part in solutions. Current political decision making and government performance suffers from information asymmetry. It is crucial for decision making to have relevant, accessible, reliable and timely information. We will seek to provide information where available and to seek to create a political process to develop the needed data sources for public use.
Data is crucial for an objective presentation of a given medical situation, not just to help the diagnosis, but also to decide on a course of treatment and monitor results. The challenge with data is to agree upon what is important and relevant. Data is not an opinion; it is usually reproducible and verifiable. Data is a tool for more informed decision making about, not a decision itself. The challenge is to present the information in a simplified manner that allows for utilization in decision making.
Rationale: Having an agreed-upon base of data, or a way to challenge the data, will elevate the discussion to a more productive level, a more deliberative conversation built on respect rather than fear and that allows for problem-solving.
We will provide data relevant to the healthcare challenges facing our nation, and document the source of the data. Taken together, the selected indicators reflect the overall health of the nation and the efficiency and efficacy of U.S. health systems.
PolicyMap has a wealth of data that can be useful for a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) or other work in the public health realm. This includes data concerning physical health, infant and maternal health, uninsured populations, various federal programs, and the location of health facilities such as hospitals and FQHCs. In addition, the tool includes a broad array of data related to social determinants of health, such as demographics, income, healthy food access, the economy, housing, public transportation, etc.
The American Community Survey helps local officials, community leaders and businesses understand the changes taking place in their communities. It is the premier source for detailed information about the American people and workforce.
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The Health System Measurement Project tracks government data on critical U.S. health system indicators. The website presents national trend data as well as detailed views broken out by population characteristics such as age, sex, income level, and insurance coverage status.
National Equality Atlas: Welcome to the National Equity Atlas, a comprehensive data resource to track, measure, and make the case for inclusive growth.
USAFacts is a new data-driven portrait of the American population, our government’s finances, and government’s impact on society. We are a non-partisan, not-for-profit civic initiative and have no political agenda or commercial motive. We provide this information as a free public service and are committed to maintaining and expanding it in the future.