Each report follows a simple framework:
- Describe the public health problem using public health data
- Identify potential solutions to the problem drawn from research and expert recommendations
- Report the status of those solutions for each state and the District of Columbia
The PSRs use a simple, three-level rating scale—green, yellow, or red—to show the extent to which each state has implemented the policy or practice in accordance with supporting evidence and/or expert recommendations.
Although information about state public health policies and practices is publicly available, the sources of this information are widely dispersed and can be difficult to use. The PSRs organize this information in a simple, easy-to-use format that enables public health professionals, community leaders, and policy makers to better understand their state’s status and identify areas for improvement.