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Federal State Resources

  • SMART: BRFSS City and County Data - (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC))  Details

    The Selected Metropolitan/Micropolitan Area Risk Trends (SMART) project uses the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) to analyze the data of selected metropolitan and micropolitan statistical areas (MMSAs) with 500 or more respondents. The data can be used to identify emerging health problems, establish and track health objectives, and develop and evaluate public health policies and programs.

  • STATS of the STATES - (National Center for Health Statistics, CDC (NCHS))  Details

    Individual state data from a variety of NCHS programs, with an emphasis on the most recent vital statistics data on births and deaths.

Data, Tools, and Statistics

data, tools, and statistics related items in state resources.

  • Area Health Resources Files (AHRF) - (Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA))  Details

    AHRF is a family of health data resource products that draw from an extensive county-level database assembled annually from over 50 sources. These products are made available to inform health resources planning, analysis, and decision making.

  • Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) - (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC))  Details

    The BRFSS is comprised of over 400,000 telephone surveys of U.S. adults each year. The survey covers health-related risk behaviors, health conditions, and use of preventive services, including drug addiction, depression, and other mental/behavioral topics.

  • HSRR (Health Services and Sciences Research Resources) - (National Library of Medicine, National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology)  Details

    HSRR is a searchable database of information about research datasets, instruments/indices and software employed in Health Services Research, the Behavioral and Social Sciences and Public Health. The database includes brief descriptions of research resources and links to PubMed.

  • - (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS))  Details

    This website is devoted to the policies - and the people - of Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

  • National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports - (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ))  Details

    Provides state-specific health care quality information, including strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities for improvement. The goal is to help state officials and their public- and private-sector partners better understand health care quality and disparities in their state.

  • The Small Area Health Insurance Estimates (SAHIE) - (Bureau of the Census U.S.)  Details

    This program provides model-based estimates of health insurance coverage for counties and states. The data are extracted from several Census Bureau datasets. For example, they model health insurance coverage as measured by the Annual Social and Economic Supplement (ASEC) of the Current Population Survey (CPS).

  • State Cancer Legislative Database (SCLD) - (MayaTech Corporation)  Details

    Database of state cancer-related health policy that can serve as a resource for research and analysis of legislation affecting cancer prevention and control.

  • State Cancer Profiles - (National Cancer Institute, NIH (NCI))  Details

    The objective of the State Cancer Profiles website is to provide a system to characterize the cancer burden in a standardized manner in order to motivate action, integrate surveillance into cancer control planning, characterize areas and demographic groups, and expose health disparities. The focus is on cancer sites for which there are evidence based control interventions. Interactive graphics and maps provide visual support for deciding where to focus cancer control efforts.

  • State Data Centers - (Bureau of the Census U.S.)  Details

    The State Data Centers (SDCs) are official sources of demographic, economic, and social statistics produced by the Census Bureau. The SDC program between the states and the Census Bureau was created to make data available locally to the public through a network of state agencies, universities, libraries, and regional and local governments.

  • State Inpatient Databases (SID) - (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ))  Details

    Contains the universe of the inpatient discharge abstracts in participating States, translated into a uniform format to facilitate multi-State comparisons and analyses.

  • United States Cancer Statistics - (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Cancer Institute, NIH (NCI), North American Association of Central Cancer Registries (NAACCR))  Details

    Official federal statistics on cancer incidence from registries that have high-quality data and cancer mortality statistics for each year and for a combined five-year period. The site provides state-specific and regional data for cancer cases diagnosed and cancer deaths.

Guidelines, Journals, Other Publications

Key Organizations/Programs

  • Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) - (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS))  Details

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is a branch of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. CMS is the federal agency which administers Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children's Health Insurance Program. Provides information for health professionals, regional governments, and consumers.

Other State Resources

  • Welfare Rules Database - (Urban Institute (UI))  Details

    The Welfare Rules Database is a searchable database of information on state regulations related to cash assistance programs. Searches can be limited to specific states, policies, years, coverage, and can be displayed in a variety of formats.

Data, Tools, and Statistics

  • America's Health Rankings - (United Health Foundation)  Details

    Provides a comprehensive, annual perspective on national health issues, state by state. The rankings feature an interactive map to explore health statistics and compare states side-by-side.

  • County Health Rankings & Roadmaps - (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), University of Wisconsin)  Details

    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.

  • Kaiser State Health Facts - (Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) US)  Details

    Provides health data on more than 700 health topics including demographics, health insurance coverage, health costs, minority health, and women's health for all 50 states.

  • Raising Expectations - A State Scorecard - (AARP, Commonwealth Fund, Scan Foundation US)  Details

    This interactive website provides a map to view state-specific rankings and results compared to benchmarks. A tool is also available to select performance indicators and states for comparison, and then generate customized, downloadable tables and bar charts.

  • Resources for State and Local Leaders - (National Quality Forum (NQF) USA)  Details

    Here is a handy list to help those who use NQF-endorsed measures easily access some of the key NQF tools and resources. As the number of State and community leaders involved in measurement and public reporting grows, NQF is committed to helping streamline and support those important efforts.

  • State Health Access Data Assistance Center (SHADAC) - (University of Minnesota)  Details

    Provides a focal point for coordination of state survey activities on the uninsured; funded by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and administered by the University of Minnesota School of Public Health.

  • State Libraries Details

    - This page brings together links to state libraries, state library agencies, state library networks, or state library commissions across the United States.

  • State Refor(u)m - (National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP), Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF))  Details

    State Refor(u)m is an online network for health reform implementation. connecting state health officials looking for information and assistance with their peers and other experts who have relevant resources and experiences to share.

Guidelines, Journals, Other

Key Organizations/Programs

  • Cecil G Sheps Center for Health Services Research - (Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research)  Details

    The Center seeks to improve the health of individuals, families, and populations by understanding the problems, issues and alternatives in the design and delivery of health care services. This is accomplished through an interdisciplinary program of research, consultation, technical assistance and training that focuses on timely and policy-relevant questions concerning the accessibility, adequacy, organization, cost and effectiveness of health care services and the dissemination of this information to policy makers and the general public.

  • Health Economics Program (HEP) - (Minnesota Department of Health (MDH))  Details

    The Health Economics Program conducts research and applied policy analysis to monitor changes in the health care marketplace; to understand factors influencing health care cost, quality and access; and to provide technical assistance in the development of state health care policy.

  • Mathematica - State Health Policy Details

    Access research on state health policy questions such as "What are the implications of state health insurance expansions and reforms? How can states and localities help to ensure health care coverage for children?"

  • National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) Details

    Bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and staffs of the nation's 50 states, its commonwealths and territories. NCSL provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues.

  • State Coverage Initiatives - (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF))  Details

    Provides experience-based information and assistance to state leaders in order to help them move health care reform forward at the state level.

  • State Health Care Coverage Facts - (Georgetown University)  Details

    The Center for Children and Families' State Resource Center provides state Medicaid/CHIP programs for children, parents, and pregnant women in effect as of January 1, 2016

State and Local Specific Resources

  • Alabama Department of Public Health Details

    The purpose of the Alabama Department of Public Health is to provide caring, high quality and professional services for the improvement and protection of the public's health through disease prevention and the assurance of public health services to resident and transient populations of the state regardless of social circumstances or the ability to pay.

  • Colorado Health Data - (Colardo Department of Public Health and Environment)  Details

    - Data from many programs within the State Health Department can be accessed at this site.

  • Environment & Health Data Portal - (New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene)  Details

    A tool for exploring environmental, behavioral, population, and health data from New York City.

  • Florida HealthFinder - (State of Florida USA)  Details

    A web-based tool which allows easy access to comprehensive Florida health care information.

  • Health Profiles - (UCLA Center for Health Policy Research)  Details

    This website provides quick and easy access to the most commonly requested health indicators from the California Health Interview Survey (CHIS)

  • Healthcare Quality Reporting Program - (Rhode Island Department of Health USA)  Details

    The purpose of the Rhode Island Healthcare Quality Reporting Program is to provide information to the public on the quality of care in Rhode Island.

  • Illinois Department of Public Health: Health Statistics Details

    The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) collects and evaluates thousands of health statistics to measure progress toward state and national health objectives. These numbers also provide the basis for developing and implementing public health strategies for disease prevention and health promotion.

  • Indiana University Children's Health Services Research - (Indiana University School of Medicine US)  Details

    Indiana University, Children's Health Services Research strives to improve the health and healthcare of children by developing and applying the best scientific evidence and methods in health services research and informatics.

  • Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals Details

    The mission of the Department of Health and Hospitals is to protect and promote health and to ensure access to medical, preventive, and rehabilitative services for all citizens of the State of Louisiana.

  • Maryland Health Care Commission - (State of Maryland (MD) USA)  Details

    Independent regulatory agency whose mission is to plan for health system needs,promote informed decision-making, increase accountability, and improve access in a rapidly changing health care environment by providing timely and accurate information on availability,cost, and quality of services to policy makers, purchasers, providers and the public.

  • Michigan Department of Community Health: Statistics and Reports Details

    The Department of Community Health is responsible for the collection of information on a range of health related issues. The information is collected to monitor the general health and well-being of Michigan's citizens. These data are useful for health program development, targeting and evaluation of program progress.

  • Nevada State Health Division Details

    Promotes and protects the health of all Nevadans and visitors to the state through its leadership in public health and enforcement of laws and regulations pertaining to public health. Link to interactive health databases.

  • New Jersey: Rutgers Center for State Health Policy - (Rutgers University US)  Details

    The Center combines Rutgers University's traditional academic strengths in public health, health services research, and social science with applied research and policy analysis initiatives. It serves as the focal point within the University for research and related activities relevant to state health policy.

  • Oregon Health Policy and Research Details

    The Office for Oregon Health Policy and Research (OHPR) conducts impartial, non-partisan policy analysis, research and evaluation, and provides technical assistance to support health reform planning and implementation in Oregon. The office serves in an advisory capacity to Oregon Health Policy Board, the Oregon Health Authority, the Governor and the Legislature.

  • State Guides Details

    Portal with links to each state, with information on state contacts, organziations, tools, maps, funding, documents, journals, success stories and news.

  • Virginia Health Information (VHI) - (Virginia Health Information (VHI) USA)  Details

    A nonprofit that provides Virginia-centered health information. Qualifying organizations can license data files (e.g., Virginia hospital discharge data, Annual Licensure Survey Data from hospitals, nursing facilities and ambulatory surgical centers) for research-specific projects or for general public use.

Data, Tools, and Statistics

  • 2016 NY Open Enrollment Report - (New York State Department of Health)  Details

    A summary of marketplace enrollment numbers and demographics through January 31, 2016 for New York residents.

  • AARP DataExplorer - (AARP)  Details

    The AARP Public Policy Institute analyzes and publishes a wide range of state-specific data related to Americans over 50.

  • Alabama Center for Health Statistics Details

    Center for Health Statistics collects and tabulates health-related statistical data and operates the vital records system for the State of Alabama. A "Statistical Query System" is available for creating tables and showing frequencies of Alabama resident births and deaths.

  • Arizona Health Survey - (St. Luke’s Health Initiatives)  Details

    The Arizona Health Survey collects data on individual indicators of health status, insurance coverage, access to care, behavioral health, health-related behaviors and various demographic and social/environmental factors related to health.

  • AskCHIS - (UCLA Center for Health Policy Research)  Details

    Provides health statistics on California by state, region or county. Use of the website requires registration.

  • AskCHIS Neighborhood - (UCLA Center for Health Policy Research)  Details

    This database of California health estimates at sub-county geographic regions requires free registration. Among the health topics covered are health insurance and uninsured, asthma, obesity and physical activity, dental visits, food insecurity, health status, mental health, smoking, diabetes, heart disease, flu vaccine, and delay in receiving care.

  • Baltimore City Health Department Details

    The Baltimore City Health Department has information on their successful public health programs and awareness campaigns, including secondhand smoking, infant mortality, free child eye screenings, drug addiction, senior food/medication delivery, and making safer streets.

  • Big Cities Health Inventory Data Platform 2.0 - (Big Cities Health Coalition)  Details

    The Health Inventory Data Platform is an open data platform that allows users to access and analyze health data from 28 cities, for 50 health and socioeconomic indicators. It enables users to explore data both by city and by indicator, facilitates comparisons among urban areas, and provides an avenue to understand the major health concerns of cities in the United States.

  • CHARTing Health Information for Texas - (University of Texas School of Public Health at Houston)  Details

    Comprehensive collection of links to publicly available health and health determinants data down to the county level (or better whenever possible) for the state of Texas from reliable and authoritative providers of information.

  • Community Health Data Details

    Montgomery County Healthy Communities Coalition in Kentucky have launched a free, online web portal to enhance health decision-making by integrating statistics of more than 100 local health indicators specific to their county and surrounding counties.

  • DATA2GO.NYC - (Social Science Research Council (SSRC))  Details

    Online mapping and data tool with federal, state, and city data on multiple indicators, including demographics, education, environment, food systems, housing, health, poverty, and safety.

  • EpiQuery: NYC Interactive Health Data - (New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene)  Details

    Health datasets on topics and indicators for different NYC populations. EpiQuery offers prevalence estimates with confidence intervals, rates over time, bar charts and neighborhood maps.

  • Health Data NY - (New York State Department of Health)  Details

    A searchable database of statistical information, including data on quality, cost, and safety, birth and death information, facilities and services, and environmental health.

  • Healthy Alaskans 2020 (2015) images/pdf.gif icon - (State of Alaska USA)  Details

    This document discusses 75 strategies designed to improve the leading health improvement goals identified by the Health Alaskans 2020.

  • Indiana INdicators - (Indiana State Health Department)  Details

    Site contains more than 90 health indicators and has information for all counties in the state, including uninsured numbers, adolescent pregnancy, smoking prevalence, and cancer deaths. Users can create maps of health indicators at the county, town, or school district level, and compare data to national standards.

  • Informed Alaskans Initiative - (Alaska Department of Health and Social Services)  Details

    The Informed Alaskans Initiative provides access to health indicators from major public health surveillance systems for Alaskan geographic regions down to the level of boroughs and census areas. The data visualization format uses maps, figures, and tables to provide ready access to vast quantities of health information for use in assessing local health needs, monitoring health status, evaluating interventions, and developing public health policy.

  • Kidsdata - (Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health USA)  Details

    Find data about the health and well being of children in communities across California. allows users to find, customize, and use data on more than 500 measures of child health and well being. Data are available for every county, city, school district, and legislative district in California.

  • MapNH Health Details

    This interactive map provides information geographically by county and healthcare service area and allows users to view projections of demographics, health behaviors and health outcomes.

  • Maryland State Health Improvement Process (SHIP) - (Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene)  Details

    This website contains information on the 39 measures in five focus areas (healthy beginnings, healthy living, healthy communities, access to health care, quality preventive care) that represent what it means for Maryland to be healthy.

  • Nebraska Community Health Data - (Nebraska Central District Health Department USA)  Details

    A resource for individual, families, and agencies concerned with community health in Nebraska. Resource provides information about community health services, laws, communication tools, and other features.

  • Ohio Community Health Data - (Ohio Department of Health)  Details

    The State of Ohio provides community health indicators relative to the state and the national targets.

  • Oregon Health Authority Data and Statistics - (Oregon Health Authority)  Details

    The Public Health Division collects and analyzes data on health behaviors, diseases and injuries, disseminates findings, and designs and promotes evidence-based programs and policies to improve the health and safety of all Oregonians.

  • PeriStats - (March of Dimes)  Details

    Provides access to to maternal and infant health-related data at the U.S., state, county, and city level.

  • State Health Access (SHADAC) Data Center - (State Health Access Data Assistance Center (SHADAC) USA)  Details

    Use this resource to tailor a search by location, or by topic and data source to estimates of health insurance coverage, health care use, access, and affordability using data from the 2012 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS).

  • State of Hawaii Data Book Details

    Statistics, including social insurance and human services, education, and vital statistics and health, of the State of Hawaii.

  • Virginia Health Opportunity Index Details

    The HOI is a tool to help communities in Virginia understand the many factors determining health, so they can work to improve the health outcomes for all their residents. The HOI is a composite measure of the Social Determinants of Health.

  • Washington Link4Health - (Washington State Health Care Authority US)  Details

    Washington Link4Health is an HCA initiative to help address the need for community-wide clinical health data solutions, services, and tools.

Guidelines, Journals, Other Publications

  • CHCF Improving Quality - (California HealthCare Foundation (CHCF))  Details

    A variety of reports, webcasts, websites and other information that promote models of care aimed at producing a higher-quality, and lower-cost health care system in California.

State Workforce Statistics

  • 2015 State Physician Workforce Data Book images/pdf.gif icon - (Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC))  Details

    Brief profiles for all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico include data on current physician supply, medical school enrollment, and graduate medical education in the United States.

  • Mississippi Healthcare Infrastructure Shortage Areas Details

    This data series from Mississippi State University examines Methodologies for Measuring Healthcare Infrastructure Needs, Health Professional Shortage Areas Defined and Summarized, Programs Using HPSA Designation, Comparison of Different Healthcare Profession Measures. Data maps display shortage areas.

  • Workforce - (Robert Graham Center USA)  Details

    Download PDFs for workforce projects for each state, or use the mapping program to examine distribution of primary care physicians by state, county, or census tracts in metropolitan areas.