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National, State and County Data Sources

  • Trust for America’s Health (TFAH)
    A report issued by TFAH and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) scores states on 10 key indicators related to preventing, detecting, diagnosing and responding to infectious outbreaks. The report entitled “Outbreaks: Protecting Americans from Infectious Diseases” provides state-by-state data on readiness efforts to protect against newly emerging disease threats such as antibiotic-resistant superbugs and resurging illnesses such as whooping cough and tuberculosis. HealthyAmericans.org

  • CDC Prevention Status Reports
    Made available by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), the Prevention Status Reports (PSRs) highlight the status of public health policies and practices designed to address ten important public health problems and concerns. The reports describe the public health problem using public health data; identify potential solutions to the problem drawn from research and expert recommendations; and report the status of those solutions for each state and the District of Columbia. The ten public health problems include alcohol-related harms, HIV, teen pregnancy, food safety, motor vehicle injuries, tobacco use, healthcare-associated infections, nutrition, physical activity & obesity, heart disease & stroke, and prescription drug overdose. CDC Status Reports

  • Partners in Information for the Public Health Workforce is a collaboration of U.S. government agencies, public health organizations and health sciences libraries. Users can search a comprehensive listing of national and state data sources.
    Partners in Information website

  • March of Dimes Peristats
    Developed by the March of Dimes Perinatal Data Center, PeriStats provides access to maternal and infant health data for the United States and by state or region, including more than 60,000 graphs, maps, and tables.
    Peristats website

  • Hoyer, M. (2015) Nation’s Sickest Seniors Reshape Healthcare.
    This USA Today resource includes data presentations, interviews and interactive maps. The interactive exercise entitled Medicare Spending on Seniors with Multiple Chronic Conditions allows the reader to obtain data at the national, state and county levels. As a whole, the resource provides a compelling picture of the impact of multiple chronic conditions on Medicare and healthcare in general.
    USA Today Resource

  • Geography of Poverty: A Journey through Forgotten America is a digital documentary project by photographer Matt Black that combines geotagged photographs with census data to create a modern portrait of poverty in the U.S. Interactive links allow the user to search for poverty profiles by geographic area.
    Geography of Poverty webpage from MSNBC

  • The NCHHSTP Atlas at the CDC’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention provides over ten years of data. Users can compare two or more diseases, view data from multiple states and counties and drill down to subpopulations.
    NCHHSTP Atlas webpage

  • Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) is a series of patient surveys rating health care experiences in the United States. The CAHPS Database houses data related to various measures such as communication with doctors, nurses and pain management during a patient’s hospital or clinic visit or end-of-life care.
    CAHPS website

  • The CDC Diabetes Data application allows you to view data and trends of diagnosed diabetes, obesity, and leisure-time physical inactivity at the national, state, and county levels. You will be able to access 1) state and county-level data in the United States, 2) data on how counties compare with each other, and 3) maps and motion charts to examine how changes in diabetes coincide with changes in obesity over time and by location.
    CDC Diabetes Data application

  • County Health Rankings, a Robert Woods Johnson initiative, provides county-by-county health rankings for each of the 50 states and Washington DC, explanations of each health factor, and actionable strategies to improve the health of communities across the nation.
    County Health Rankings website

  • The CDC Community Health Status Indicators (CHSI) is an interactive web application that produces health profiles for all 3,143 counties in the United States. Each profile includes key indicators of health outcomes, which describe the population health status of a county and factors that have the potential to influence health outcomes. CHSI website

  • An initiative of the Healthy Chicago Hospital Collaborative, the 2014 report looks at priorities of the first 16 Chicago hospitals to conduct the Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) under the Affordable Care Act. The 2015 report features mapped overlap of community health priorities determined through the CHNA process and implementation planning from 27 hospitals, 24 located within the city of Chicago and three suburban hospitals serving large numbers of Chicago residents. The 2015 report also includes Chicago specific data on priority health issues, and evidence based best practices for community health interventions from the CDC community guide.

    Chicago Hospitals & the Affordable Care Act: New Opportunities for Prevention, March 2014

    Chicago Hospitals & the Affordable Care Act: More Opportunities for Prevention, March 2015


  • The Area Health Resources Files (AHRF) is a family of health data resource products that draw from an extensive county-level database assembled annually from over 50 sources. The AHRF products are made available by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to inform health resources planning and decision-making. Resources include county and state files, mapping tools and health resources comparison tools.
    AHRF website

  • Stats of the States, made available by the CDC, provides Individual state data from a variety of NCHS programs, with an emphasis on the most recent vital statistics data on births and deaths.
    Stats of the States webportal

  • United States Cancer Statistics is a web-based report including official federal statistics on cancer incidence from registries that have high-quality data and cancer mortality statistics.It is produced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI).
    Cancer Statistics presented by the CDC webportal

  • Transportation and Health Tool
    The Transportation and Health Tool (THT) was developed by the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as an interactive, on-line tool practitioners can use to examine the health impacts of transportation systems. The THT uses data on 14 transportation and health indicators to measure how the transportation environment affects health with respect to safety, active transportation, air quality, equity and connectivity to destinations. Data can be viewed by state, urbanized areas or metropolitan statistical areas.
    The Transportation and Health Tool (THT)

Training Resources and Tools

  • Public Health Quality Improvement Exchange
    The Public Health Quality Improvement Exchange (PHQIX) is an online forum for community health professionals interested in learning and sharing information about quality improvement (QI) in public health and community health projects. The site provides training tools on the application of QI concepts and resources and descriptions of real-world community health QI initiatives. PHQIX was developed by RTI International and funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
    Public Health Quality Index Exchange

  • Community Assessment for Public Health Emergency Response (CASPER) is a cluster sampling methodology that can be used to quickly obtain a snapshot of community health needs and concerns for decision-makers. This module provides an overview on how to conduct a CASPER.
    Casper website

  • County Health Calculator: Hosted by the Virginia Commonwealth University Center on Human Needs, the County Health Calculator is a tool for advocates and policy makers to understand and demonstrate how education and income affect health.
    County Health Calculator website

  • Community Health Assessment and Improvement Tool Kit provides basic tools and resources for agencies completing Community Health Assessments (CHA) and Community Health Improvement Plans (CHIP) for improving the health of local communities.
    UNC Community Health Assessment and Improvement Tool Kit

  • Collect SMART is a mobile app and project management dashboard designed to facilitate field data collection efforts. Collect SMART helps manage community-based data collection efforts.
    Collect SMART website

  • In-Depth Analysis of NC Hospitals' Community Health Needs Assessments and Implementation Strategies: This webinar provides an overview of best practices in developing CHNA and Implementation Strategies aligned with nonprofit hospitals and local public health departments in North Carolina. The webinar also identifies collaborative approaches for improving community health including the North Carolina Community Health Improvement Collaborative and current initiatives using shared strategies among hospitals, health departments, and community partners.
    Health Needs Assessments and Implementation Strategies webinar

  • Three Lessons on Improving Quality of Care in Communities provides insights to help shape efforts toward building high value care in communities.
    website
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