NORC Final Report: Healthy People User Study. Study Respondents

03/28/2010

Of the 361 respondent organizations/agencies, 12 percent were HP Coordinators, 12 percent were Chronic Disease Directors, 2 percent were MTAHB, 14 percent were tribal health organizations, and 59 percent were local health organizations. The job titles of individuals completing the questionnaire at each organization varied. The highest percent of questionnaires (59 percent) was completed by Directors or Deputy Directors, while 13 percent were managers or supervisors, and 5 percent were clinic administrators/directors. Other individuals representing the organizations included: state health planners, epidemiologists, biostatisticians, policy analysts, bureau chiefs, health educators, district health officers and public health nurses.

The set of respondent organizations/agencies appears diverse in many ways, including health care priorities, geographic locations, and size. Respondents were asked to indicate all of the health priority areas that their organization addresses. Exhibit 4 shows the health priority areas selected by over 75 percent of respondents, between 50 and 74 percent of respondents, and fewer than 50 percent of respondents. For example, over 75 percent of respondents indicated that disease prevention is a priority area for their health organization/agency. Disease prevention and public health preparedness are both areas that 85 percent of respondents selected as priorities. Exhibit 5 displays the distribution of respondent organizations according to Census region.

75% or more indicate… Between 50 and 74% indicate… Less than 49% indicate…

Exhibit 4: Priority Areas of Responding Organizations

  • Disease Prevention (85%)
  • Public Health Preparedness (85%)
  • Immunization (81%)
  • Health Promotion (80%)
  • Child Health (72%)
  • Environmental Health (72%)
  • Chronic Disease (68%)
  • Nutrition (68%)
  • Women’s Health (63%)
  • Access to Care (63%)
  • Health Disparities (54%)
  • Dental Care (51%)
  • Childhood Diseases (50%)
  • Sex/Reproductive Health (49%)
  • Health Statistics (47%)
  • Substance Abuse (43%)
  • Unintentional Injury (37%)
  • Primary Care (32%)
  • Healthcare Workforce (27%)
  • Mental Health (24%)
  • Disabilities (18%)
  • Long Term Care (14%)

 

Exhibit 5: Geographic Spread by Census Regions

  State Samples6
N
State Samples
%
Local
Sample
N
Local
Sample
%
Tribal
Samples7
N
Tribal
Samples
%
Northeast Region 16 18 43 20 3 5
Division 1: New England 10 11 27 13 2
1
3
Division 2: Middle Atlantic 6 7 16 7 1 2
Midwest Region 21 24 62 29 15 25
Division 3: East North Central 8 9 31 14 7 12
Division 4: West North Central 13 15 31 14 8 13
Southern Region 30 34 80 38 10 17
Division 5: South Atlantic 15 17 35 17 0 0
Division 6: East South Central 7 8 24 11 1 2
Division 7: West South Central 8 9 21 10 9 15
Western Region 22 25 27 13 32 53
Division 8: Mountain 15 17 15 7 14 23
Division 9: Pacific 7 8 12 6 18 30

Respondents from state health organizations, local health organizations, and tribal health organizations were organized into size categories based on the size of the population served by the organization/agency8. Each of the size categories was derived analytically using the distribution of the population served variable for each respondent type. Three categories (small, medium, and large) were set for each respondent group, with each of the categories making up roughly 33 percent of each respondent group. Exhibit 6 below identifies parameters for each groups’ size categories.

Exhibit 6: Size Parameters by Sample

Size Category States
(n=89)
Tribal Health Organizations
(n=51)
Local Health Organizations
(n=208)
Small ≤2 million ≤2,000 ≤30,000
Medium 2-6 million 2,000-6,000 30,000-100,000
Large ≥6 million >6,000 >100,000

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