The Indicator Detail Page is designed to give you more information about a specific indicator. Text on the Indicator Detail Page provides context about the indicator topic.
Indicator names and definitions provide basic information about the indicator and what it includes. In general, language used by the source is used to inform indicator names and definitions to ensure they remain accurate and true to the source. The “Why is this important” section includes a description of the indicator’s impact on health. When applicable, indicators that correspond to Healthy People objectives include the national Healthy People 2030 target.
Indicator Text Review and Updates
As part of our efforts to continually improve the HCI Platform in support of community health improvement work, with attention to work that advances health equity and social justice, our team is undertaking a project to review and update indicator text on the platform.
For guidance on language and style that supports health equity, Conduent HCI utilizes the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Health Equity Guiding Principles for Inclusive Communication. Key principles include:
- Using a health equity lens when framing information about health disparities
- Using person-first language and avoiding unintentional blaming
- Using preferred terms for select population groups while recognizing that there isn’t always agreement on these terms
- Using straightforward, easy to understand language when possible
In support of current and emerging public health work around equity, diversity, and inclusion, the “Why is this important?” section will be updated to include the following paragraphs as appropriate:
- Considerations for Equitable Approaches: This paragraph will describe documented disparities and recommended approaches, with consideration for root causes of inequities.
- Inclusive Language Recommendations: This paragraph will include recommendations for language that fosters inclusion and acknowledges diversity. For example, the National Institutes of Health recommends using the term "pregnant person," rather than "mother" or "woman,” as not all people who are pregnant identify as women. The HCI Platform may utilize the term “pregnant person” in place of, or in addition to, original text that referenced “women.”
Credible Sources and Citations
Conduent HCI aims to ensure that content we publish on HCI Platforms is evidence-based and supported by credible sources. Statements made in the “Why is this important” section will include a hyperlink to the source. Consistent with our indicator selection methodology, we look to sources that have a national perspective and topic-specific expertise that are able to vet a range of evidence and research to inform policy. Our preferred sources include national organizations that have topic-specific expertise to vet existing bodies of research to inform programming and policy. This includes U.S. governmental agencies (e.g., Healthy People 2030, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Department of Education) and nationally recognized health and public health institutions (e.g., American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American Public Health Association). Due to the frequency of updates and new learnings in research, journal publications are not a preferred source for indicator text on the HCI Platform and will be used sparingly.
Implementation and Timeline
As Conduent HCI maintains thousands of indicators across our platforms, we are reviewing indicators in stages. Indicators will be reviewed as a group based on their sub-topic area. Sub-topic areas that are most relevant to current initiatives in support of equity and social justice have been prioritized for review. Based on the persistent disparities in maternal and birth outcomes, and their linkage to institutional racism and social and economic inequities as root causes, the first set of indicators we are reviewing are under “Maternal, Fetal, and Infant Health.” We expect changes to this section to take effect in early 2023 and updates to other sub-topic areas to be made as we continue our review.