This annual State Health Assessment Core Module (SHA CM) provides a snapshot of the health status in California. The module is based on a standard set of measures for comparative analysis – using a wide range of data on deaths, hospitalizations, reportable diseases, emergency department visits, years lived with disability, social determinants of health, and population denominator sizes – to assess population health across a range of conditions, demographic characteristics, and other factors (e.g., disparities and inequities). While maintaining this consistency, enhancements are incorporated each year along with relevant data sources as they become available. Additional detail and tools for further exploration of data are available through the California Community Burden of Disease Engine (CCB) and the Let’s Get Healthy California indicator pages.

As a part of the ongoing State Health Assessment process, the Core Module – in conjunction with other crucial inputs – is used to identify key findings that contribute to informing the State Health Improvement Plan (SHIP) and the State of Public Health (SoPH).