May 1, 2005
The Heritage Health Index was the first comprehensive survey to assess the condition and preservation needs of U.S. collections. It concluded that immediate action is needed to prevent the loss of 190 million artifacts that are in need of conservation treatment. A Public Trust at Risk has been important policy tool for educating governing boards, local and state decision-makers, and community funders about the preservation of collections. The Heritage Health Index is a project of Heritage Preservation, in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services, a federal agency.