Meeting Archive:
Selecting Indicators for the Community Health Assessment

Meeting Description:

At the completion of the session participants will be able to do the following:


1. Define the terms “indicator” and “indicator system”.

2. Describe the relationship between a community health improvement vision and identifying and selecting indicators.

3. Define how an indicator framework provides a structure for determining a community’s health status, including social determinants of health.

4. Discuss the strengths and weaknesses of using experts and community members in identifying and selecting indicators.

5. Describe at least two techniques for engaging the community in identifying and selecting indicators.

6. Identify key criteria for selecting indicators.

7. Describe at least two examples of indicators or indicator sets.

8. Develop a data collection plan. 

Date: Wed, Dec 14, 2011
Time: 02:30 PM EST
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Host(s): NACCHO
 Presenter Information
Allen Lomax, CHA/CHIP Faculty
Speaker Photo

 Allen is an independent consultant after retiring from the federal government with 34 years of service. Most of his federal service was with the U.S. Government Accountability Office where he led studies on such issues as government management, performance measurement, strategic planning, national and community indicator systems, and pandemic influenza.


He is a past president and one of the founding members of the Community Indicators Consortium. He is co-leading the Consortium’s national project for integrating community indicators and government performance measures as well as the Consortium’s project with NACCHO on local health departments’ community health assessments and community health improvement plans.


He holds a Masters in Public Administration from George Mason University and an undergraduate degree (B.S.-major in political science with a concentration in public administration) from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts.