Healthy Pennsylvania Partnership
State Health Assessment
The public is invited to comment on the new
State Health Assessment 2020 and provide feedback through this linked
survey by December 7, 2020.
For any questions about the assessment, please contact
The Pennsylvania State Health Assessment (SHA) is a comprehensive and collaborative health assessment that assesses and reports on the health status of the population in Pennsylvania. It is developed through process of community engagement; collection, analysis, and interpretation of data on health outcomes and health correlates/determinants; identification of health disparities; and identification of resources that can be used to address priority needs. The results are used to develop recommendations regarding public health policy, processes, and interventions.
Specifically the SHA reports on:
- Health status of Pennsylvania's population;
- Factors that contribute to health issues; and
- Resources that can be mobilized to address population health improvement.
Current State Health Assessment
Introduction (PDF) - Table of contents, acknowledgements, list of figures, and list of tables (2019 update)
Key Health Findings (PDF) - Summary of the health information identified in the assessment
Context of Health (PDF) - The state and its people (population demographics), health insurance, and emergency preparedness
General Health Status (PDF) - Self-assessed health; mortality, morbidity, and life expectancy; and people with disabilities
Major Risk and Protective Factors (PDF) - Tobacco use and exposure, obesity and overweight, physical activity, nutrition, alcohol and drugs, mental health, and oral health (2019 update)
Occupational Health and Safety (PDF) - Occupational injuries, farm-related fatalities, pesticide exposure, and lead exposure
Infectious Diseases (PDF) - Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), HIV and AIDS, tuberculosis (TB), hepatitis A, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, hospital-related health care associated infections, West Nile virus, Lyme disease, rabies, legionellosis, salmonellosis, campylobacteriosis, enterohemorrhagic escherichia coli, and vaccine preventable diseases
Injury and Violence (PDF) - Preventable injuries, unintentional injuries, violence, and traumatic brain injury
Maternal and Child Health (PDF) - Context for health, unintended pregnancy, contraception use, adolescent pregnancy and childbearing, preterm birth and low birth weight, infant mortality, breastfeeding, postpartum depression, childhood screening, children and youth special health care needs, and children's emotional development
Environmental Health (PDF) - Safe drinking water, environmental pesticide exposure, air quality, children's environmental health, and arsenic in groundwater
Health Care Services (PDF) - Primary care, patient-centered medical home, prenatal and preconception care, dental care, behavioral health care, hospitals, emergency medical services system, long term care, hospice care, and health information technology
Chronic Diseases (PDF) - Coronary heart disease, stroke, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma, cancer, diabetes, chronic kidney disease, organ and tissue donation and transplantation, arthritis, osteoporosis, and Alzheimer's disease
Opioids and PDMP (PDF) - Deaths from drug overdose are an increasing public health burden in the U.S. This chapter highlights opioid and PDMP monitoring and ongoing initiatives to address this epidemic
Appendices (PDF) - process of developing the assessment, technical notes, and key data sources
The state health assessment is continually reviewed and updated to reflect current and emerging health factors impacting the population. To become involved in the Healthy Pennsylvania Partnership, contact the SHA team at
Opportunities exist on the executive, data, and communications committees.