The National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability (NCHPAD) has developed an innovative tool designed to help communities improve population health.
Improving the well being of individuals within a population can be done in a variety of ways. NCHPAD provides downloadable documents that help to understand 5 sectors of the community, each of which is related to specific facilities and services. In its new tool, NCHPAD chose to target physical activity and healthy eating as two key areas to improve community health.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has previously identified physical activity and healthy eating as essential for combating obesity. Building on this, NCHPAD created the Community Health Inclusion Index (CHII), a set of survey tools for planning, implementing, and evaluating health promotion strategies. The tools can be used to help communities collect data on the availability of healthy living resources for all members of the population, including individuals with disabilities.
Tools like the CHII are designed to guide the process of promoting population health. Essential Hospitals Institute recognizes the value of these tools, and through funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, we are working to develop a model to help hospitals improve population health.