The QuitNowTXT text messaging program is designed as a resource that can be adapted to
specific contexts including those outside the United States and in languages other than English. Based on
evidence-based practices, this program is a smoking cessation intervention for smokers who are ready
to quit smoking. Although evidence supports the use of text messaging as a platform to deliver cessation
interventions, it is expected that the maximum effect of the program will be demonstrated when it is
integrated into other elements of a national tobacco control strategy.
Community Health Status Indicators (CHSI) to combat obesity, heart disease, and cancer are major components of the Community Health Data Initiative. This dataset provides key health indicators for local communities and encourages dialogue about actions that can be taken to improve community health (e.g., obesity, heart disease, cancer). The CHSI report and dataset was designed not only for public health professionals but also for members of the community who are interested in the health of their community. The CHSI report contains over 200 measures for each of the 3,141 United States counties. Although CHSI presents indicators like deaths due to heart disease and cancer, it is imperative to understand that behavioral factors such as obesity, tobacco use, diet, physical activity, alcohol and drug use, sexual behavior and others substantially contribute to these deaths.
Definition: Percentage of public high school students who graduate from high school, based on the four-year adjusted cohort graduation rate (e.g., 78.9% of the students who started high school in 2008 statewide graduated with their class in 2012). The adjusted cohort graduation rate measures the percentage of students who graduate from high school with a high school diploma, GED, or special education certificate of completion
Definition: Percentage of public school 12th grade graduates completing courses required for University of California (UC) and/or California State University (CSU) entrance, with a grade of "C" or better.