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About the HIW

Purpose

Access to high quality data improves understanding of a community’s health status and determinants, and facilitates the prioritization of interventions. The purpose of the HIW is to:

  • Provide a single, user-friendly, source for national, state, and community health indicators
  • Meet needs of multiple population health initiatives
  • Facilitate harmonization of indicators across initiatives
  • Link indicators with evidence-based interventions
  • Serve as the data hub for the HHS Community Health Data Initiative, a flagship HHS open government initiative to release data; encourage innovative application development; and catalyze change to improve community health

Partners

The HIW is a collaboration of many Agencies and Offices within the Department of Health and Human Services. The HIW is maintained by the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics. Data, support and funding are provided by the following:

  • Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
  • Department of Health and Human Services:
    • Office of the Deputy Secretary
    • Office of Adolescent Health
    • Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
    • Office of Minority Health
    • Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation
  • Health Resources and Services Administration

New partners are expected to be added over time.

HIW Future Releases

Over time new indicators will be added, and some existing indicators will be modified or dropped from the HIW. We do not anticipate including individual-level data in the future. The process for proposing new indicators or modifying existing indicators is described [http://www.healthindicators.gov/Indicators/Propose]. In addition, as resources permit, new functionalities will be added, such as simple analytic tools. At the current time, there is no set schedule for HIW updates. Please subscribe to our RSS feed [http://www2c.cdc.gov/podcasts/createrss.asp?t=r&c=194] to receive announcements about updates and changes to the HIW.

For More Information:

Email us at HealthIndicators@cdc.gov