COMMENTARYMeasuring the Health of Communities—How and Why?Remington, Patrick L. MD, MPH; Booske, Bridget C. PhD, MHSAAuthor Information School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin. Correspondence: Patrick L. Remington, MD, MPH, School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 750 Highland Ave, Rm 4263, Madison, WI 53705 ([email protected]). Support: This work was supported by the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The authors thank Brenda Henry, David Kindig, Michelle Larkin, James Marks, and Joe Marx for their contribution in this work. Disclosure: The authors report no conflicts of interest. Journal of Public Health Management and Practice: September/October 2011 - Volume 17 - Issue 5 - p 397-400 doi: 10.1097/PHH.0b013e318222b897 Buy Metrics In Brief This commentary describes ways to measure the health of communities and strategies to apply this information to achieve the goals of Healthy People 2020. © 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.