How Does Health Risk Identification Work?

Health Indicators offers a step-wise process for collecting and understanding the key health risks among the older adults living in your community:
1. Appoint a Health Indicators manager. This is the person who will be responsible for managing the staff and the process of conducting the survey. Read more about the role and responsibilities of the Health Indicators manager.    
2. Develop a plan. YOu will want to decide why you want this information, the client population you want to survey, how many surveys will be administered, and who will do the work. To help you with this, see Getting Ready.
3. Administer the 72-item survey to clients.  With experience, it takes staff approximately 15-20 minutes to administer the survey to each client. 
4. Review completed surveys before data is entered. The Health Indicators manager reviews the completed surveys for mistakes and omissions that could affect data entry and the quality of your data results.  If the survey is not correctly completed, the Manager works with staff to ensure correct completion of the survey. Tips for Filling Out the Survey may help.
5. Enter the survey data into the on-line database.  It takes approximately five minutes to enter the data from a survey into the Web-based database developed specifically for Health Indicators. Some programs use their casework staff to enter the data directly, some use administrative staff, some use students and/or volunteers, while in other cases health or community partners assume responsibility for data entry. Refer to Tips On Entering the Data Correctly to ensure good data entry practices.
6. Once data collection and entry are done, health risks/needs in your community can be identified using the automated reports. 
  • Together, these reports will help you identify areas of individual need, as well as provide you with a picture of your entire client population and the issues that are most prevalent in your community, and create a registry (list) of individuals with selected health risks to target for interventions:
    • The Frequency Report provides question-by-question results of the survey, showing how many people answered each question, in both numbers and percentages.  
    • The Respondent Report provides a more descriptive picture of each survey question's results and shows individual client-level responses.
    • The Registry Report (from the Registry Generator) help you to use crosstabs to quickly see who among the clients you serve have specific combinations of health risks to make it easier to target, engage, and track your progress with clients.
Make meaning of your data and share the results with the larger community.  Sharing results with community stakeholders can lead to selecting a banner community health issue that the community wants to improve.  The Sharing Your Results form can help.
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