An indicator is a numeric measure that depicts the status of a population or a health
system on a core public health construct.
What Are Indicator Reports?
An Indicator Report contains numerical and contextual
data for a specific public health issue. Each Indicator
Report 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
After looking at the Indicator Report for a specific measure, if more detailed
numerical data are needed, Contact
Accessing Indicator Reports
HealthStats has many Indicator Reports currently published. You can find indicators in two ways:
Categorized Index -
Indicators are placed in any of several categorization schemes, such
as by program, by data source or by HP2010 focus area, etc.
Indicator Profile Graphs
Each indicator has a default graph that comes up on the indicator main page. Below
the graph the data source is listed as well a link, 'View Graph Values', which is a
table of data points used in the graph. Other Views (if any) are listed below the
Indicator Profile Navigation Buttons
Below are descriptions of each of the pages available from the left navigation buttons.
The Important Facts page shows, at a minimum, the following sections:
Why Is This Important?
Other available sections include:
Data Interpretation Issues
How Does North Carolina Compare with the United States?
How Are We Doing?
What Is Being Done?
Other Program Information
The Graphical Views button lists all the views available for this indicator.
The graph views are also listed on the main page under "Other Views."
If there are services available to the public in regards to this
indicator they are listed on the Available Services page.
Other Resources & Links
The Other Resources & Links page lists other places where more
information can be found for this indicator.
The 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.