Improving Health in the Community: A Role for Performance Monitoring

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HHS Non-systematic Review

Source: Institute of Medicine, 1997

Last Reviewed: 1997

This report describes how communities can use community health improvement processes (CHIPs) to promote health and prevent disease. The report recommends CHIPs as a tool for:

  • Identifying and prioritizing population-level health needs
  • Developing interventions to address those needs
  • Monitoring performance and outcomes of interventions 

The committee encourages using performance monitoring as part of the CHIP process to:

  • Identify and measure processes and outcomes
  • Assess intervention efficacy
  • Hold stakeholders accountable

Additionally, the committee recommends tools for helping communities develop their own performance indicators. 

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Institute of Medicine. (1997). Improving health in the community: a role for performance monitoring. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.