Why is data important to a Community’s Health?
Data gives us a measure by which we can determine if our health is improving or possibly worsening. It happens at an individual level when we obtain lab tests, weights, heights, and measure our behavior patterns. The data from these tests tell us whether or not we are healthy or needing some improvement.
At a community level, we compile data from various resources to determine if the community where we live is healthy or unhealthy. It also helps us to assess the quality of healthcare we are receiving. Ultimately, data gives us the information needed to determine where opportunities exist for improvement.
The data sources listed here provide information about the health of the places we live, work and play.
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