The World Health Organization defines health not merely as the absence of disease or infirmity, but as a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being. Feeling healthy contributes to productivity, educational achievement, and happiness. Health and wellness are supported when individuals have opportunities to engage in healthy behaviors and access to affordable health care. Health enables people to engage in the activities they value, and to pursue the lives that they want to live. Poor health is consistently associated with lower levels of self-reported satisfaction with life as a whole and with worse daily emotions and experiences.
Available indicators of community Health include:
Compared to other states, Hawaii has a very low percentage of residents without health insurance, and a low rate of obesity. However, statewide averages conceal significant community-level variations in health. Adults are four times more likely to be obese in some communities than in others, for example. Community residents with mental health days lost, defined as having seven or more mentally unhealthy days in the past month, vary considerably across the state, from a low of 9 percent to more than 22 percent. On Oahu alone, there is a nine-year gap in average life expectancy between communities only thirty miles apart.
Use the interactive infographic below to explore these key Health indicators in more detail:
Our Indicators Dashboard can help you begin exploring specific measures of the 10 well-being domains. Interested in learning how each indicator varies over time and across Hawaii’s communities? Click below to head to our dashboard:
Data Plotter Tool
What’s the relationship between various well-being indicators? And how might this relationship vary from island to island, or region to region? Click below to explore the answers to these and similar questions using our Data Plotter: