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 IndexesYou 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.
Indicator ReportsYou can view and search for indicator reports by topic using either the alphabetical or categorized index:
Alphabetical List - Browse through all available indicator reports listed in alphabetical order. Categorized Index - Browse indicator reports organized by topic.
Community ReportsThese reports provide NM-IBIS indicator data organized for a single county. In 2010, NMDOH plans to include additional community types in addition to counties (e.g., race/ethniciy and small areas).
Health Highlights Reports - Dynamic, multi-page reports for New Mexico communities (e.g., a county). Community Snapshot Report - Build your own table of indicator results for a New Mexico community (e.g., county). 2011 Framework for a Healthy New Mexico Apr 2011 - A printable, PDF document with indicator results for all 33 NM counties.
Indicator Report GraphsEach 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 NavigationBelow are descriptions of each of the pages available from the left navigation buttons.
Important FactsThe Important Facts page shows, at a minimum, the following sections:
- Why Is This Important?
- Healthy People 2010 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 ViewsThe 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 IndicatorsThere are four Related Indicators pages:
- Relevant Population Characteristics
- Health Care System Factors
- Risk Factors
- Health Status Outcomes
Available ServicesIf there are services available to the public in regards to this indicator they are listed on the Available Services page.
Other Resources & LinksThe Other Resources & Links page lists other places where more information can be found for this indicator.
Complete ProfileThe 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.