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 heavy drinking by men from 10% in 2016 to 5% by 2020.
Reduce heavy drinking among adults aged 65 and older from 6% in 2016 to 5% by 2020.
Reduce heavy drinking among women aged 18–44 from 8% in 2016 to 3% by 2020. 
Reduce alcohol use among high school students from 33% in 2013 to 29% by 2020.
Reduce binge drinking among women aged 18–44 from 18% in 2009-2011 to 16% in 2020.
Reduce binge drinking among youth from 18% in 2013 to 16% in 2020
Reduce alcohol-related deaths by motor vehicle by 5% from 168 in 2014 to 160 in 2020.
Reduce alcohol-related deaths by fall by 5% from 60 in 2014 to 57 in 2020.
Reduce adult binge drinking among adults aged 18 and older from 25% in 2012 to 23% in 2020.
Nutrition & Physical Activity
Increase consumption of at least one vegetable per day by adults from 74% in 2013 to 78% in 2020. 
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 at least one fruit per day by adults from 62% in 2013 to 65% in 2020.  
Increase breastfeeding initiation from 80% in 2015 to 90% in 2020.
Opioids
Increase the number of Wisconsin counties with active DATA-waive prescribers from 43 in 2018 to 50 in 2020. 
Reduce the number of opioid-related overdose emergency department visits from 8,041 in 2014 to fewer than 7,640 in 2020.
Reduce the number of opioid-related hospitalizations from 12,134 in 2014 to fewer than 11,530 in 2020.
Reduce the number of opioid-related overdose deaths by 5% from 622 deaths in 2014 to fewer than 590 in 2020.
Prevent the initiation of opioid misuse by reducing 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 the number of county-authorized participants receiving medication-assisted treatment from 356 in 2017 to 450 in 2020.
Increase the number of Medicaid members receiving medication-assisted treatment from 14,583 in 2017 to 17,500 by 2020.
Suicide
Reduce youth suicide attempts (self-reported) from 6 percent in 2013 to 5.8 percent in 2020. 
Decrease the percentage of students who felt sad or hopeless almost every day for two or more weeks from 24.6% in 2013 to 24% in 2020.
Increase percentage of adolescents 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 with less than four poor mental health days per 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 by 1% between 2014 and 2020.
Tobacco
Reduce use of smokeless tobacco among men from 8% in 2016 to 6.8% in 2020.
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 the percentage of adults that have ever used e-cigarettes from 21.8 % in 2016 to 18.5% in 2020. 
Reduce adult smoking rate from 17.3% in 2014 to 16.3% in 2020.