State of American Well-Being Index

With more than 2.2 million surveys, the Well-Being Index is an “empirical database of real-time changes in well-being.” The survey measures, reports and tracks an individual’s well-being across the “five interrelated elements that research has shown to have the greatest impact on an individual’s well-being”. These elements include:

  • Sense of purpose (liking what you do each day and being motivated to achieve your goals)
  • Social relationships (having supportive relationships and love in your life)
  • Financial security (managing your economic life to reduce stress and increase security)
  • Relationship to community (liking where you live, feeling safe, and having pride in your community)
  • Physical health (having good health and enough energy to get things done daily)

Tracking Oregon’s Progress: TOP Indicators Project

The TOP Indicators project tracks a key set of 89 metrics from 1990 to 2014 across all counties in Oregon. The indicators were selected to reflect state priorities as expressed in the Oregon Benchmarks and the 10-year Plan (Governor Kitzhaber, 2013). Additional indicators were added based on their inclusion in the State of Our Health 2013: Key Health Indicators for Oregonians report by Oregon Health & Sciences University and Portland State University. A small number of additional indicators were selected to reflect trends in social sciences research and to illuminate issues of disparities and equity.

The Oregon Community Foundation, Oregon Rural Studies Program, Institute for Natural Resources, and Oregon State University Libraries and Press partnered to complete the Tracking Oregon’s Progress project.

Oregon’s 10-year Plan

Oregon is a recognized national leader for its proven record of envisioning a prosperous future for its residents and establishing firm benchmarks to stay on track. Today, Oregon’s 10-year Plan improves upon that legacy, adding firm standards to our benchmarks to ensure we become the state we want to be. These metrics will be updated annually and are specifically tied to the highest priorities, or outcome areas.

Oregon’s Healthy Workforce Center

The Oregon Healthy Workforce Center designs programs for Total Worker Health (TWH), a strategic approach directed at improving both worker safety and well-being through organizational change. Emerging from “gold-standard” research methodology, the toolkits have demonstrated positive changes in learning and behavior (i.e., evidence-based), and have been rated favorably by those who have used them.

Community Commons Community Health Needs Assessment Toolkit

Community Commons provides public access to thousands of data sets and data layers that allow mapping and reporting capabilities so that communities can better use data to drive action. Community Commons, along with other collaborative partners developed the Community Health Needs Assessment toolkit (CHNA) in response to the IRS requirements outlined in the Affordable Care Act.

The CHNA toolkit is a free web based platform designed to assist hospitals and other organizations seeking to better understand the needs and assets of their communities and to collaborate to make measurable improvements in community health and well-being.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Community Health Status Indicators

The Community Health Status Indicators (CHSI 2015) is an interactive web application that produces health profiles for all 3,143 counties in the United States. Each profile includes key indicators of health outcomes, which describe the population health status of a county and factors that have the potential to influence health outcomes, such as health care access and quality, health behaviors, social factors, and the physical environment. The social factors and physical environment are especially important because they represent the conditions in which people live, learn, work, and play.