Living Well / Improving Overall Health Status

Improving Overall Health Status2022-07-05T10:52:32-07:00

In 2017, 48 percent of adult Californians report very good, or excellent health status

As the “Golden State,” California prides itself as a place where people can enjoy a high quality of life, be healthy, and pursue their dreams. To meet this vision, Let’s Get Healthy California aims to increase the number of individuals who report very good, or excellent health to 60% over the next ten years.

Overall Health Status

In 2009 (baseline year), 51.8% of adults reported very good or excellent health. The most recent data available show 46.1% (2018). We hope to reach a target of 60.0% or higher by 2022.

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Proportion of Respondents Who Report Overall Health Status to be Very Good, or Excellent, Over Time

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Proportion of Respondents Who Report Overall Health Status to be Very Good, or Excellent, by Demographic Category

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Proportion of Respondents Who Report Overall Health Status to be Very Good, or Excellent, by County

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Indicator: Percent of population reporting very good, or excellent health status

Indicator Description: Indicators are from UCLA’s California Health Interview Survey (CHIS) Public Use File (PUF) and consequently their exploratory dashboard, AskCHIS. This variable asked respondents about their general health (CHIS PUF Variable: AB1, AskCHIS Variable: Health status). Respondents were asked “Would you say that in general your health is excellent, very good, good, fair, or poor?”. Although a short and simple question, it has been shown to be a reliable predictor of mortality and future health care use.

Data Limitations: Asked of California’s residential population (adults, teens, and children), administered in English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Tagalog, and Vietnamese. Does not include those living in group quarters or homeless persons.

Indicator Source: UCLA’s Center for Health Policy Research CHIS is an annual, population-based, omnibus health survey of California. It is the largest telephone survey in California and the largest state health survey in the country. Note that this indicator uses weighted data.

Indicator Calculation Methodology: General health status.

Data Collection Methodology: Statewide telephone survey using a geographically stratified sample design. Estimates are weighted to Dept. of Finance demographic data (adjusted for group quarters population). More information is available at

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Reporting Cycle: Annual Survey

Reporting Lag: 2 years

1. Peck, C., Logan, J., Maizlish, N., & Van Court, J. (n.d.). The Burden of Chronic Disease, Injury, and Environmental Exposure, California, Second Edition. Retrieved May 17, 2022, from:

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