When properly collected and analyzed, high quality health data and metrics are important for reducing health inequities. One of the most regularly collected sources of primary health information across counties is the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) survey. The Illinois Department of Public Health administers the survey every two years and data is available at county level geographies. For a fee, local health departments can contract with the Illinois Department of Public Health to conduct a local version of the BRFSS or oversample at the community level. Oversampling this data allows more specific health data tracking in an effort to highlight and address health inequity among population groups. While such primary health data is valuable, so too are broadly agreed-upon indicators. Health partners in the region currently do not have a common health equity indicator. Ideally, such an indicator would be broken down by race/ethnicity, class, gender, and disability. Finally, local governments need help understanding how their policies and practices relate back to the identified health equity data and a regional indicator and monitoring the success of changes.

Action 1

Contract for BRFSS oversampling.

Implementers

County and municipal public health departments, and hospitals and health institutions, with philanthropic support

Action 2

Develop a common regional health equity indicator/ index.

Implementers

CMAP and public health partners

Action 3

Monitor the integration of health and health equity policies by local governments.

Implementers

CMAP and public health partners