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Foundation Health Measures Archive

Over the course of the decade, the 4 Foundation Health Measures will be used to monitor progress toward promoting health, preventing disease and disability, eliminating disparities, and improving quality of life. These broad, cross-cutting measures include:

1. General Health Status

Measures of General Health Status include:

  • Life expectancy
  • Healthy life expectancy
  • Years of potential life lost
  • Physically and mentally unhealthy days
  • Self-assessed health status
  • Limitation of activity
  • Chronic disease prevalence

Learn more about measuring General Health Status.

2. Health-Related Quality of Life and Well-Being

Measures of Health-Related Quality of Life and Well-Being include:

  • Physical, mental, and social health–related quality of life
  • Well-being/satisfaction
  • Participation in common activities

Learn more about Health-Related Quality of Life and Well-Being.

3. Determinants of Health

A range of personal, social, economic, and environmental factors that influence health status are known as determinants of health. Determinants of health include such things as biology, genetics, individual behavior, access to health services, and the environment in which people are born, live, learn, play, work, and age.

Learn more about the Determinants of Health.

4. Disparities

Measures of Disparities and inequity include differences in health status based on:

  • Race/ethnicity
  • Gender
  • Physical and mental ability
  • Geography

Learn more about Disparities.