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NM-IBIS Indicator Reports, Contents and Usage

About NM-IBIS Indicators

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. Indicator Reports

    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. Community Reports

    These reports provide NM-IBIS indicator data organized for a single county. NMDOH plans to include additional community types in addition to counties (e.g., race/ethniciy and small areas).

    NM-IBIS community image Health Highlights Reports - Dynamic, multi-page reports for New Mexico communities (e.g., a county).
    NM-IBIS community image Community Snapshot Report - Build your own table of indicator results for a New Mexico community (e.g., county).
    NM-IBIS community image 2011 Framework for a Healthy New Mexico Apr 2011 - A printable, PDF document with indicator results for all 33 NM counties.

Indicator Report 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 a table of data points used in the graph. Other Views (if any) are listed below the data source.

Indicator Report Content and Navigation

Below are descriptions of each of the pages available from the left navigation buttons.

  • Important Facts

    The Important Facts page shows, at a minimum, the following sections:
    • Definition
    • Numerator
    • Denominator
    • Why Is This Important?
    • Healthy People 2020 Objective (if applicable)

    Other available sections include:
    • Data Interpretation Issues
    • Other Objectives
    • How Does New Mexico Compare With the U.S.?
    • How Are We Doing?
    • What Is Being Done?
    • Other Program Information

  • Graphical Views

    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". To view the current graph data in a table, click on the "View Graph Values" link at the bottom of the graph.

  • Related Indicators

    There are four Related Indicators pages:
    • Relevant Population Characteristics
    • Health Care System Factors
    • Risk Factors
    • Health Status Outcomes
    These pages allow users to see how the current indicator might be related to other indicators.

  • Available Services

    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.

  • Complete Profile

    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 numbers.

Printing Indicator Reports

NM-IBIS indicator report pages are automatically formatted for printing. 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. If confidence interval data are available for the graph, you may view them on the graph by putting "?PrinterFriendly=x" in the address window, at the end of the current page URL.

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.

Please feel free to contact us with questions or suggestions.

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 Sun, 16 January 2022 from New Mexico Department of Health, Indicator-Based Information System for Public Health Web site:".

Content updated: Tue, 8 May 2018 15:50:50 MDT