Health Indicators

Helping Organizations Better Serve Seniors

Fredda Vladeck, Director of the Aging in Place Initiative at United Hospital Fund (2000-2016), outlines what Health Indicators can do for your organization and the seniors it serves.

The Domains and Indicators of Healthy Aging

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Welcome to Health Indicators, a special section devoted to advancing healthy aging in communities. Health Indicators can be used by NORC programs, senior centers, case management agencies, and other senior-serving community-based organizations.

Health Indicators consists of two components—Health Risk Identification and Performance Improvement—that senior-serving organizations can use to understand, take action, and demonstrate the difference they are making on key health risks among the seniors they serve.

Each component of Health Indicators offers easy-to-use tools, a manageable database with automated reports, step-by-step processes to guide you, and additional resources.

Health Risk Identification is based on a 72-item survey tool that staff administers to clients and enters into the database. The automated reports provide you with a picture about who your clients are (demographics), their access to and use of health care services, their use of prevention/screening services and health behaviors, and the kinds of health conditions they have. Read more about the Health Risk Identification component and how it works.

Performance Improvement helps senior-serving orgnizations use their survey results to select a key health issue, get a picture of the clients with the selected health issue by creating a registry, plan and implement a programmatic response (intervention), target the programmatic response to clients on the registry, track progress, make adjustments along the way, and see what difference you are making.

Read more about the development and history of Health Indicators.
Read more about how Health Risk Identification works. 
Read more about the Health Indicators Survey Tool.


By using this section you and your staff will understand how to:



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