Healthy People 2010 Leading Health Indicators for Massachusetts presents the latest data on the 10 Leading Health Indicators for Massachusetts - physical activity, overweight and obesity, tobacco use, substance abuse, responsible sexual behavior, mental health, injury and violence, environmental quality, immunization and access to health care. Leading Health Indicators have been recommended by the U.S. Public Health Service for monitoring state and local progress toward achieving the goals set forth in Healthy People 2010. The data on Healthy People 2010 Leading Health Indicators for Massachusetts are based on data are based on information provided by state and federal sources. These web pages provide information in one place for easier access by public health program planners, policy-makers, advocates, and the public. As a group, the Leading Health Indicators reflect the major health concerns in the United States at the beginning of the 21st century. These were selected on the basis of their ability to motivate action, the availability of data to measure progress, and their importance as public health issues, and are intended to help better understand the importance of health promotion and disease prevention and to encourage wide participation in improving health in the next decade.
This report is divided into chapters, with each chapter focusing on a specific leading health indicator. Each chapter consists of a series of graphs comparing the specific leading health indicator for Massachusetts and the United States to the Healthy People 2010 Objective. Within each chapter, patterns by age, gender, race/ethnicity and time trends are examined when data is available. At the beginning of each chapter is information about the objectives selected to measure progress for the specific leading health indicator. The data source or sources for the specific health indicator are also presented at the beginning of each chapter.
This information is provided by the Division of Research and Epidemiology
within the Department of Public Health