PHI-15.3 Increase the proportion of local public health agencies that have developed a health improvement plan
About the Data
Description of the data source, numerator, denominator, survey questions, and other relevant details about the national estimate.
Number of local agencies with a health improvement plan created within the last 5 years
Number of local public health agencies
From the 2013 National Profile of Local Health Departments (LHD):
Has your LHD participated in developing a health improvement plan for your community?
- Yes, within the last three years
- Yes, more than three but less than five years ago
- Yes, five or more years ago
- No, but plan to in the next year
A critical aspect of public health infrastructure assessment is monitoring the status of health improvement plans at the State and local level. A health improvement plan is a long-term, systematic effort to address health problems on the basis of the results of a community needs assessment. This plan is used by health and other governmental education and human service agencies, in collaboration with community partners, to set priorities and coordinate and target resources.
The National Profile of Local Health Departments study (Profile) is the most comprehensive source of information on the infrastructure and programs of local health departments in the U.S. All local health departments in the U.S. are surveyed about their organization, responsibilities, workforce, funding, and other topics. The Profile study has been periodically collecting data from local health departments (LHDs) since 1989 and recently completed its seventh wave in 2013.
The Profile defines a local health department (LHD) as an administrative or service unit of local or state government concerned with health and carrying out some responsibility for the health of a jurisdiction smaller than the state. The 2013 Profile survey was fielded through an email sent to the top agency executive of every eligible LHD. The email included a link to a web-based questionnaire, preloaded with information specific to the LHD. Paper questionnaires were available upon request for a subset of small LHDs. A core set of questions was sent to all LHDs.
The Profile study defines community health improvement plan as a long-term, systematic effort to address health problems. This plan is used by health and other government education and human service agencies, in collaboration with community partners, to set priorities and coordinate and target resources.
Local health agencies that responded "Yes, within the last three years" or "Yes, more than three but less than five years ago" to the survey question "Has your LHD participated in developing a health improvement plan for your community?" were counted in the numerator.
Any change to the objective text, baseline, target, target-setting method or data source since the Healthy People 2020 launch.