Measurement of Community Health: The Social Health Index
Measurement of Community Health examines the underlying assumptions of, and the process of, constructing a social health index at the community level. Yoku Shaw-Taylor reviews the assumptions and thinking that informs the concepts of personal health and community social health to provide a sociologic framework of what social health means at the community level and how social health at the individual level differs from it. The author also explores and examines the process of obtaining this index accurately using data from each of the fifty states and the District of Columbia. Shaw-Taylor's analysis of the adequacy and power of the index suggests that to determine community social health, monitoring the set of socioeconomic indicators used in his research (poverty rate and crime rate) is advisable. Most importantly, the results of this study suggest a reliable method of targeting federal funds or block grants for economic opportunity to states.
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1irth access to health AHCCCS ALAS1 alternate index analyses Arizona behaviors beta Unemployment Carley club foot community health community level community social health community well-being community's social health Component Variables conceptual Cronbach's Alpha depict disease drug abuse extent of socioeconomic Fordham Institute index functional health index score health maintenance health outcomes health status high school dropout homoscedasticity income indicators reported infant mortality rate Institute for Innovation low birth weight marijuana Medicaid program Medicaid recipients Medicare NORTH DAKOTA outcome measures P.H.S. Dropouts pathway percent poverty and violent poverty rate poverty threshold premature mortality rate Public Health public high school Rate of Medicaid rate of physicians roles and tasks school dropout rate social actor social health index social performances Social Policy social problems social structures socioeconomic disadvantage socioeconomic resources socioeconomic status sociological Standardized Coefficients Table task performance unemployment rate uninsured Variables r beta Violent Crime Rate WASHI16N