Community Health Status Indicators Project
The Community Health Status Indicators Project (CHSI) Web site makes detailed health and demographic information about each of the nation's 3,141 counties widely available and easily accessible. County-level reports measure each county against national averages, other counties with similar demographics, and Healthy People 2010 targets. Taken as a whole, the site provides to the public the most detailed picture of health at the county level and is an invaluable resource for public health departments, policymakers, and community advocates.
The CHSI reports, available on the Web at www.communityhealth.hhs.gov, provide an update to reports released in 2000. The original program was developed because health officials, local boards of health, and many others identified a need to help local health departments (LHDs) assess health, plan programs, and develop data-based policies at the community level. CHSI project partners include NACCHO, the Public Health Foundation, the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, the National Association of Local Boards of Health, the Health Resources and Services Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the National Library of Medicine. NACCHO's involvement in this project is supported by a grant to the Public Health Foundation from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.