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Health Data & Statistics: A Guide

County Health

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Community Health Status Indicators
Key health indicators at the county level.  Topics include demographics, summary measures of health, leading causes of death, measures of birth and death, relative health importance, vulnerable populations, environmental health, preventative services use, risk factors for premature death, and access to care.

State Health

Kaiser Family Foundation

State Health Facts
Tables available on demographics and the economy, health cost and budgets, health coverage and uninsured, health status, HIV/AIDS, managed care and health insurance, medicaid and CHIP, medicare, minority health, providers and service use and women's health.  State comparison options available.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion - State Profiles
Includes links to surveys and statistics on disease and health related issues.

FastStats: State and Territorial Data
Basic statistics from CDC publications, links to more data and related resources.


Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and U of Wisconsin Population Health Institute

County Health Ranking

This web site provides access to the 50 state reports, ranking each county within the 50 states according to its health outcomes and the multiple health factors that determine a county’s health. Each county receives a summary rank for its health outcomes and health factors and also for the four different types of health factors: health behaviors, clinical care, social and economic factors, and the physical environment. Each county can also drill down to see specific county-level data (as well as state benchmarks) for the measures upon which the rankings are based.


State Health Rankings

CQ Press (formerly Morgan Quitno Press)

Health Care State Rankings
States are ranked high to low on various measures, such as incidence of disease, births, deaths,incidence of disease, care providers, facilities, physical fitness, abortions, etc.  Healthiest State Rankings and Detailed Table of Contents are available online.
Call Number: RA407.3 .H423.  Latest edition at Main Library Reference, 1 Center.

United Health Foundation

America's Health Rankings
State rankings are provided on selected areas and health outcomes. Rankings include (1) Community Involvement: Violent Crime, Occupational Fatalities, Infectious Disease, and Children in Poverty; (2) Public Health Policies: Lack of Health Insurance, Per Capita Public Health Spending, and Immunization Coverage; and (3) Clinical Care: Adequacy of Prenatal Care. Health Outcomes Rankings are in the following areas: (1) Poor Mental Health Days; (2) Poor Physical Health Days; (3) Infant Mortality; (4) Cardiovascular Deaths; (5) Cancer Deaths; and (6) Premature Death.
Website includes state snapshots, Nation at a Glance interactive map, and downloads of the complete book from 1999-present. 
Print copies available for select years in Main Library at call number RA407.3 .N86.