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PHI-13.3 Data Details

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PHI-13.3 Increase the proportion of State public health agencies that provide or assure comprehensive epidemiology services to support essential public health services

About the Data

Description of the data source, numerator, denominator, survey questions, and other relevant details about the national estimate.

Data Source: 
Epidemiology Capacity Assessment (ECA); Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE)
Changed Since the Healthy People 2020 Launch: 
No
Measure: 
percent
Baseline (Year): 
55 (2009)
Target: 
100
Target-Setting Method: 
Total coverage
Target-Setting Method Justification: 
Comprehensive epidemiology services are fundamental to public health infrastructure. The target is based on an increased number of Public Health Training Centers, more activity on the part of the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists, and the anticipated implementation of State and local health department accreditation.
Numerator: 

Number of state health departments who indicated substantial to full epidemiologic capacity to both "Monitoring health status to identify and solve community health problems" and "Diagnosing and investigating health problems and health hazards in the community"

Denominator: 

Number of states

Comparable Healthy People 2010 Objective: 
Adapted from HP2010 objective
Questions Used to Obtain the National Baseline Data: 

    From the 2009 Epidemiology Capacity Assessment:

    [NUMERATOR:]

    Does your State Health Department have adequate epidemiologic capacity to provide the following essential public health services?

  • Monitoring health status to identify and solve community health problems
    • Not at all
    • Minimal
    • Partial
    • Substantial
    • Almost Fully
    • Full

  • Diagnosing and investigating health problems and health hazards in the community
    • Not at all
    • Minimal
    • Partial
    • Substantial
    • Almost Fully
    • Full
Data Collection Frequency: 
Biennial
Changes Between HP2010 and HP2020: 
This objective differs from Healthy People 2010 objective 23-14c in that the numerator does not include evaluating effectiveness, accessibility, and quality of personal and population based health services or researching new insights and innovative solutions to health problems in its definition of essential public health services.