Health Indicators

Poor health and poor access to healthcare threaten family well-being. A person who cannot work or can work only part-time or can work only in certain physically or mentally less demanding jobs has limited income possibilities. In many cases, poor health produces poverty. Poverty also frequently leads to poor health through poor nutrition, residence in neighborhoods exposed to pollution, jobs which harm health, lack of adequate medical care, inability to afford or to follow necessary therapies, and other elements of a life in poverty which compromise health. At the community level, health bears upon the demands for services and poor health and poor access to healthcare affect the ability of individuals and families to improve their lives. These indicators explore dimensions of health and access to healthcare.

Indicator 14.1: Medicaid recipients, 2005
Indicator 14.2: change in Medicaid recipients, 2001–2005
Indicator 14.3: Growth in Medicaid and access to care

Indicator 13.1: Locations of medical school affiliated and unaffiliated general hospitals
Indicator 13.2: Locations of ambulatory surgical centers
Indicator 13.3: Medically underserved areas and federally qualified health centers
Indicator 13.4: Primary care physicians
Indicator 13.5: Specialized care physicians

Indicator 13.1: Disability that limits employment
Indicator 13.2: Disability that limits leaving the home
Indicator 13.3: Low birth weight
Indicator 13.4: Health insurance
Indicator 13.5: Perceptions of health

Additional Resources

Community Health Database, Philadelphia Health Management Corporation

Vital Stats, National Center for Health Statistics