Performance Improvement 2001. Development of an Inventory of Health Indicators Comparing Large U.S. Cities


The purpose of this study is to develop a fourth edition of Big Cities Inventory, an inventory comparing mortality, natality, and morbidity data for the nation's large cities. Local health departments require comparative data to determine the relative progress in their population's health. Although county data are available, large city health departments often cannot distinguish their own performance from surrounding counties that may have very different socio-demographic and resource characteristics. Data needs will be identified in consultation with members of the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) who are from big cities and the previous three editions of the Big Cities Inventory (Chicago Department of Public Health). Issues and barriers encountered in collecting and analyzing comparable data from national and local data sources will be documented. A plan for automating future editions of the Big Cities Inventory will be prepared, including approaches for using Web-based technology to disseminate the report.


AGENCY SPONSOR: Office of the Administrator

FEDERAL CONTACT: Michael Millman, 301-443-0368

PIC ID: 7241

PERFORMER: Chicago Center for Health Systems Development, Chicago, IL