About Indicator Profile Reports: Contents and Usage
What Are Health Indicators?Health indicators are summary measures that are designed to describe particular aspects of a population's health or health system performance.
Why Have Health Indicators?The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that comprehensive key indicator systems had the following positive effects:
What Are Indicator Profiles?NJSHAD Indicator Profiles are brief online reports that contains data and contextual information for a specific public health issue, such as its public health context, what the current status is, and what is being done to improve it. Each Indicator Profile has a graph (or several graphs) to give a picture of the data. Text is also provided to answer the most commonly asked questions about the specific topic addressed.
After looking at the Indicator Profile for a specific measure, if more detailed data are needed, the Custom Query System is available, or the program office may be contacted directly using the information available in the footer at the bottom of the Indicator Profile page.
Accessing Indicator Profile ReportsThere are two ways to find Indicator Profiles in NJSHAD.
Indicator Profile GraphsEach Indicator Profile has a default graph on the indicator main page. Below the graph is a View Data For This Graph link to the table of data points used in the graph. Data Source(s) and Other Graphical Views (if any) are listed below the link.
Indicator Profile Navigation ButtonsBelow are descriptions of each of the pages available from the left navigation buttons.
Important FactsThe Important Facts page shows, at a minimum, the following sections:
Other available sections include:
Graphical ViewsThe Graphical Views button has a pop-out list of all the views available for this indicator. The graph views are also listed on the main page under "Other Graphical Views."
Related IndicatorsThe Related Indicators button has a pop-out list of up to four Related Indicators pages:
Available ServicesIf there are services available to the public in regard to this indicator they are listed on the Available Services page.
Other Resources & LinksThe Other Resources & Links page lists other places where more information may be found for this indicator.
Complete ProfileThe Complete Profile lists all the information available for this indicator on one page. It includes everything from the above pages as well as all graphical views and their data tables.
Using Indicator Profiles
Decision-Making and Focus
Understand Data and Provide Education
Printing Indicator Profile ReportsNJSHAD indicator report pages are automatically formatted for printing. The information on the page is displayed without the top navigation or left navigation buttons, and with margins set for 8 1/2" x 11" paper. NJSHAD graph colors were selected to maximize the ability to distinguish shades of gray when printed in black and white.
How to Cite Indicator Profile ReportsUse and reproduction of the information published on this website is encouraged and may be done without permission. Please refer to the NJSHAD Citation page for suggested citation styles.