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Standard 1.3: Data Analysis


 

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Standard 1.3: Analyze public health data to identify trends in health problems, environmental public health hazards, and social and economic factors that affect the public's health

Data analysis involves the examination and interpretation of data with the goal of drawing conclusions that inform planning, decision making, program development, evaluation, and quality improvement. The purpose of data analysis is to identify and understand current, emerging, or potential health problems, the contributing causes of health challenges, or environmental public health hazards. Data can identify trends in behaviors, disease incidence, opinions, socioeconomic status, the environment (natural and built), and other factors that aid in understanding health issues and their causes and in designing and evaluating programs and interventions.

 
Required documentation by measure
Keep these considerations in mind when selecting documentation for this standard:
  • Reports containing analysis can focus on specific health issues or community health in general
  • Documentation from an agency's CHA can be used to show data analysis (see standard 1.1)
  • For measure 1.3.1 A, reports containing analysis can be for the public health community and therefore do not need to have a specific target audience
  • For measure 1.3.2 L, reports need to be directed at a target audience and distribution should be documented
  • For measure 1.3.2 L, the health department does not need to develop the reports it distributes; reports not produced by the LHD must have a connection to the jurisdiction or population, or contain significant public health information
Measure 1.3.1 A: Data analyzed and public health conclusions drawn

Required Documentation Examples
1. Analysis of data and conclusions drawn with the following characteristics:
 
2. Review and discussion of data analysis
 
3. Analysis of data that demonstrates the use of information and data from multiple databases or data sources
 
4. Aggregated primary and secondary data and the sources of each
 

Measure purpose: to assess the health department's capacity to analyze and utilize public health data to identify trends over time, clusters, health problems, behavioral risk factors, environmental public health hazards, and social and economic conditions that affect the public's health.
Measure 1.3.2 L: Public health data provided to various audiences on a variety of public health issues

Required Documentation
Examples
1. The distribution of data analysis and findings to address community public health issues, to specific audiences
Annual Summary of Reportable Diseases                                     

Measure purpose: to assess the local health department's provision of community public health data and analysis to the community it serves.