Dr. Lorna Thorpe, a Professor at CUNY School of Public Health, has co-authored a publication in Preventive Medicine Reports on an important population health survey in New York City.
Population health monitoring systems are key resources to guide public health and clinical strategies; however, monitoring capacity at the state or local level for non-communicable diseases is largely limited to information obtained from self-reported surveys, hospitalization discharges, or mortality data.
[Photo: Dr. Lorna Thorpe]
In 2004 the NYC Health Department was the first municipality to perform a population-based examination study on the health of adult residents using biomeasures modeled after the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). This article reports on the updated version of the survey, and releases important trends in non-communicable diseases in New York.