For Connecticut-specific information, one source is the Healthy Connecticut 2020 Performance Dashboard. The dashboard, launched by the Department of Public Health in January, shows how the state is doing according to various health improvement measures, such as (1) maternal, infant, and child health; (2) chronic disease prevention and control; and (3) health systems.
The dashboard displays:
- population indicators that “identify the health status of Connecticut residents for which DPH, other state and local agencies, and community partners all share responsibility;”
- performance measures that indicate whether DPH interventions that affect those indicators are working; and
- strategies “that DPH and its partners are using to improve health to meet targets for improvement.”
For example, the website reports that in 2013, 15.5% of Connecticut adults were smokers. This was lower than the national average of 18.1%, and lower than the other New England states, which ranged from 16.2% (New Hampshire) to 20.2% (Maine).