Using summary measures of health outcomes to guide multisectoral planning to improve community health (Phase 1)

This project is the first phase of an initiative to improve population health outcomes in America's communities by using county health scorecards to mobilize action across different sectors of the community. The project will produce a white paper on summary health outcome measures that can be used to compare overall health between counties and between states. In addition, a feasibility study and workplan will be produced for annual National County Health Rankings based on the Wisconsin County Rankings model. White papers on the use of summary metrics, demonstrating the impact of major determinants of health on summary metrics to communities, bringing together health and non-health sectors to commit to improving public health, and policy levers that can provide incentives for population health improvement will be summarized in a final report. A Web site on population health designed for communities and policy makers will be available to provide information and evidence on population health outcomes, determinants, and interventions. These products will form the basis for the anticipated second phase.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $181,141.00

Awarded on: 8/27/2008

Time frame: 9/1/2008 - 8/31/2009

Grant Number: 65020


University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health

Health Sciences Learning Center
750 Highland Avenue
Madison, 53705-2221


David A. Kindig
Project Director


Patrick L. Remington
Project Director