The report is organized by 4 specific health topics and their 28 related measures or indicators. These indicators directly or indirectly measure the health and health behaviors of Michigan residents. The report examines each indicator, providing 10 years of data when available.
Factors and indicators which contribute to improved health are moving in the correct direction, including pediatric immunizations, cholesterol testing, nutrition, and physical activity. High school and college graduation rates increased and the jobless rate decreased. The mortality rate of cancer decreased. The broader indicator of life expectancy also moved in the right direction.
An increasing demand for public health services continues to exist within an uncertain financial environment. This document provides information on many state initiatives to support better health in local communities and statewide.