Frequently Asked Questions
The Landscape Project is an initiative of the Texas Health Institute.
Its purpose is to provide organizations and individuals with comprehensive
information they can use to better understand and improve the health of
Texas residents and Texas communities.
The Institute is working with two advisory groups of more than
75 people who represent state agencies, health departments, health
care organizations and community based organizations. These advisory
groups play a key role in recommending indicators to pursue, assessing
the quality and appropriate uses of data.
WHAT KIND OF INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE
FROM THE LANDSCAPE PROJECT?
The Landscape Project brings together a wide range of data on more
than 220 health, social and economic indicators for each of the
states 254 counties, Texas as a whole, and the United States.
These indicators are grouped in such categories as "Demographics,"
"Socioeconomic Data," "Maternal and Child Health,"
"Chronic and Communicable Disease," and "Environmental
Health." In aggregate, these indicators create the health landscape
for an individual county, an MSA, a geographic region, or the entire
WHAT IS AN INDICATOR?
The Landscape Project uses the term "indicator" to describe
a discrete quantitative measure of health, social or economic status.
Indicators are typically expressed as raw numbers, percents, averages,
indexed rates, or ratios. For example, median household income is
a Landscape Project indicator, as are homicide rate, pounds of air
emissions, infant mortality rate, and number of persons living with
HIV/AIDS. It requires many different indicators to accurately portray
any geographic areas health landscape.
WHAT'S DIFFERENT ABOUT THE WAY THE LANDSCAPE
PROJECT PORTRAYS THE HEALTH OF TEXAS COUNTIES?
The Landscape Project has the most extensive range of indicators
available - not only for health factors, but also for demographic,
economic, educational, social and criminal justice factors as well.
For most indicators, there's three years of data, too, rather than
just a single year. And website users can access the information
in a variety of formats, including tables, charts or text. That
makes it a very versatile, comprehensive tool, whether you're a
professional health planner, an elected official, or an interested,
HOW CURRENT IS THE LANDSCAPE PROJECTS
One distinctive of the Landscape Project is that it provides data
from the beginning, middle and end of the most recent decade for
nearly all indicators. The most current information is typically
from 1999 or 2000. The availability of data from three points in
time makes it easy to identify trends and helps in determining
whether a county, MSA, region or the state is making progress toward
achieving better health.
WHERE DOES THE LANDSCAPE PROJECT GET ITS
The Landscape Project pulls together data from a wide range of the
best original sources, including the U.S. Bureau of the Census,
Texas Department of Health, Texas Workforce Commission, Texas Health
and Human Services Commission, U.S. Department of Commerce, Social
Security Administration, and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
WHATS THE ADVANTAGE OF GETTING INFORMATION
FROM THE LANDSCAPE PROJECT?
The Landscape Project provides a single source for a vast array
of information about Texas counties, which makes accessing the data
easier and more convenient. Landscape Project users can secure information
on a single indicator or on all indicators for a single county
or users can secure information about a single indicator or multiple
indicators for many counties. Its the quickest and easiest
way to make comparisons among and between Texas counties on these
WHERE CAN I OBTAIN LANDSCAPE PROJECT INFORMATION?
Landscape Project information is available online at the Texas Health
Institute website: www.texashealthinstitute.com.
To secure printed materials or schedule training on how your community
can best use Landscape Project information to improve its health,
contact the Texas Health Institute by telephone (512) 874-7671 or mail at P.O. Box 15587,
Austin, Texas 78761 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
HOW DO I OBTAIN SPECIALIZED REPORTS OR
The Institute can produce customized reports using data from the
Landscape Project. Please make your request to us (512) 874-7671.
HOW DO I START A COMMUNITY COLLABORATIVE?
The Institute has vast experience in facilitating change at the
community level through community collaboratives involving all stakeholders
in health care. We can provide facilitation, research, analysis
and clearinghouse services benefiting your needs. Contact the Institute
at (512) 874-7671 for more information.