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NM-IBIS Community Profile Reports, Contents and Usage

About NM-IBIS Community Profile Reports

What Is an Indicator?

A health indicator is a numeric measure that depicts the health or health system status on a core public health construct.

Why "Indicator-Based"?

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that comprehensive key indicator systems had the following positive effects:
  • Enhanced collaboration to address public issues.
  • Provided tools to encourage progress.
  • Informed decision making and improved research.
  • Increased public knowledge about key issues.

What Are Indicator Reports?

Indicator reports provide online numeric data for a health indicator as well as public health context (such as why it is important and what is being done to improve it). 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 public health topic. Programs throughout the Department of Health prepare these indicator reports.

After looking at the Indicator Report for a specific measure if more detailed numeric data is needed, the Custom Query System is available or the program office can be contacted directly using the information available in the Indicator Report footer (at the bottom of the indicator report page).

Accessing and Using Indicator Reports

Indicator Report Indexes

You may use these indexes to browse NM-IBIS indicator reports. You will find links to these indexes in the drop-down menu under the "Indicator Reports" tab at the top of every NM-IBIS page.

  1. Types

    You can view and search for indicator reports by topic using either the alphabetical or categorized index:
    NM-IBIS alphabetical index Alphabetical List - Browse through all available indicator reports listed in alphabetical order.
    NM-IBIS categorized index Categorized Index - Browse indicator reports organized by topic.
    Use the left navigation buttons on the indicator report pages to view all report content.

  2. Search by Community

    community snapshot report builder Community Snapshot Reports - Build your own table of indicator results for a New Mexico community (e.g., county).
    community health highlights report County Health Highlights Reports - Build your own multi-page health highlights report for a New Mexico community (e.g., county).

Printing Indicator Reports

NM-IBIS indicator report pages are automatically formatted for printing. When you select "print Preview" from the "File" dropdown menu, the information on the page is displayed without the top navigation or left navigation buttons, with margins set for 8 1/2 by 11 inch paper. NM-IBIS Graph colors were selected to maximize the ability to distinguish shades of gray when printed in black and white.

How to Cite Indicator Reports

Use and reproduction of the information published on this website is encouraged and may be done without permission. Please refer to the NM-IBIS Citation page for suggested citations.

The information provided above is from the New Mexico Department of Health's NM-IBIS web site ( The information published on this website may be reproduced without permission. Please use the following citation: "Retrieved Fri, 28 January 2022 from New Mexico Department of Health, Indicator-Based Information System for Public Health Web site:".

Content updated: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 13:17:39 MST