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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

Below is the current 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. View the new State Health Assessment 2020.

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 (2017 update)

Context of Health (PDF) - The state and its people (population demographics), health insurance, and emergency preparedness (2017 update)

General Health Status (PDF) - Self-assessed health; mortality, morbidity, and life expectancy; and people with disabilities (2017 update)

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 (2019 update)

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 (2019 update)

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 (2017 update)

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.

November 2020