Community-Level Indicators

Another way of measuring community health...


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What is a "community-level indicator" anyway?

Community-level indicators (CLI's) are derived from observations of aspects of the community other than those associated with individual community members.

For example: the diet of a community might be tracked by observing what's on supermarket shelves. An increase in the percent of milk that is low-fat on store shelves probably means that people are drinking more low-fat milk relative to whole milk. (Papers describing grocery store shelf-space measures can be found in the academic literature section).

Another example: a community-level indicator of community attitudes toward smoking might be the number, type and visibility of non-smoking signs found in local workplaces. More signs and more visible signs may be reflective of stronger attitudes against smoking

An example of something that is not a CLI would be the smoking rate in a community, since that is derived directly from individual level (survey) information.


How are they useful?


How can I begin to use CLI's to track the health of my community?


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