The July 2010 edition of Preventing Chronic Disease featured a set of essays and commentaries on selecting the best tools, or metrics, for measuring and monitoring the health of communities. The essays describe the characteristics of ideal metrics and explore their use in measuring various indicators of a community’s health, including health outcomes, health inequalities, health behaviors, health care access and quality; socioeconomic indicators, environmental factors; public health policies.
Published: July 2010
Authors: Kindig DA, Booske BC, Remington PL
Increasing Healthy Food Access for Low-Income Communities: Protocol of the Healthy Community Stores Case Study ProjectImproving healthy food access in low-income communities continues to be a public health challenge. One strategy for improving healthy food access has been to introduce community food stores, with the mission of increasing healthy food access; however, no study has explored the experiences of different initiatives and models in opening and sustaining healthy food stores. More
Food Outlet Density, Distance, and Food Quality Offered to Preschool-Aged Children at Family Child Care HomesThis study aimed to examine how food environments around family child care homes (FCCHs) are associated with the healthfulness of foods served to children. The study included cross-sectional data from a mail survey of 132 Mississippi FCCHs. Rural FCCHs with higher counts of supermarkets, convenience stores, and produce stores had lower compliance with selected best More