Baseline Metrics

They help us measure our success

A baseline metric is a measurement of the health in a population or community. It is a snapshot of the situation that will allow us to compare where we were before implementing interventions like educating the public, providing additional health services, or changing a public policy.

This data helps us all understand the current state of Wisconsin’s health. It allows us to pinpoint areas for improvement and set reasonable goals for the future. By providing an accurate basis for comparison, baselines metrics help us measure the effectiveness of our actions and evaluate the strategies we use to achieve a healthier Wisconsin.

Explore the baseline metrics and measurable goals for each of Wisconsin’s five health priorities below.

Alcohol
Reduce binge drinking from 18% in 2009-2011 to 16% in 2020 among women (18-44)
Reduce binge drinking from 18% in 2012 to 16% in 2020 among youth
Reduce motor vehicle related deaths by 5%
Reduce alcohol poisoning deaths by fall by 5%
Reduce alcohol-related deaths by fall by 5%
Reduce binge drinking from 25% in 2012 to 23% in 2020 among adults
Nutrition & Physical Activity
Reduce daily consumption of soda by students from 20% in 2013 to 15% in 2020
Increase breastfeeding duration at six months from 53% in 2015 to 60% in 2020
Increase percentage of students physically active for a total of at least 60 minutes per day on five or more of the past seven days from 50% in 2013 to 55% in 2020
Increase percentage of adults physically active at least 150 minutes per week from 53% in 2013 to 58% in 2020
Increase consumption of 1+ fruit per day by adults from 62% in 2013 to 65% in 2020 and of 1+ vegetable per day by adults from 74% in 2013 to 78% in 2020
Increase breastfeeding initiation from 80% in 2015 to 90% in 2020
Opioids
Reduce the number of emergency department visits from 8,041 in 2014 to fewer than 7,640 in 2020
Reduce the number of hospitalizations from 12,134 in 2014 to fewer than 11,530 in 2020
Reduce the number of dealths from 622 deaths in 2014 to fewer than 590 in 2020
Reduce the percentage of adolescents who have used an opioid prescription drug for nonmedical purposes from 14.9% in 2013 to less than 13% by 2020
Increase outreach, intervention, treatment and support services for nonmedical and illicit opioid addiction by 5% from 4,015 persons in 2014 to at least 4,210 persons in 2020
Reduce the number of overdose deaths, hospitalizations, and emergency department visits associated with nonmedical or illicit opioid use by 5% by 2020
Suicide
Increase percentage of children with at least one teacher or adult in school they can talk to from 74% in 2013 to 79% in 2020
Increase percentage of adults who report receiving social and emotional support from 63% in 2015 to 68% in 2020
Increase percentage of adults with less than 4 poor mental health days/month from 78% in 2015 to 83% in 2020
Reduce suicides from 13.1 (per 100,000) in 2014 to 12.8 (per 100,000) in 2020
Reduce the rate of suicide attempts from 210.47 (per 100,000) in 2014 to 208.37 (per 100,000) in 2020
Tobacco
Reduce use of other tobacco products among high school youth from 33.7% in 2014 to 31% in 2020
Reduce use of other tobacco products among middle school youth from 5.2% in 2014 to 4.5% in 2020
Reduce use of other tobacco products by adults from 15.6% in 2014 to 14% in 2020
Reduce adult smoking rate from 17.3% in 2014 to 16.3% in 2020