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Public Health Research Guide: Secondary Data Sources

Secondary Data Sources

Health Survey Data

Women and Pregnancy Data

State and Local Public Health Data Sets

  • AAPR's State Data Center - (AARP)  - The AARP Public Policy Institute analyzes and publishes a wide range of state-specific data related to Americans over 50
  • America's Health Rankings - (United Health Foundation)  - Provides a comprehensive perspective on national health issues, state by state. The rankings feature an interactive map to explore health statistics and compare states side-by-side.
  • Area Resource File - (Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA))  - The Area Resource File is a collection of data from more than 50 sources.
  • Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) - (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC))  - State-based system of health surveys that collects information on health risk behaviors, preventive health practices, and health care access primarily related to chronic disease and injury.
  • California Health Interview Survey (CHIS) - (National Cancer Institute, NIH (NCI))  - Provides public health information for California's diverse population. Results on a variety of health topics are produced for the entire state and most counties.
  • CHARTing Health Information for Texas - Provides a comprehensive collection of links to publicly available, localized or geographically discreet health data, community characteristics data and sociodemographic data for the state of Texas.
  • Children of Immigrants Data Tool - (Urban Institute (UI))  - Generate charts on the characteristics of children, age 0 to 17, for the United States and for the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Data come from the 2005 and 2006 American Community Survey.
  • CLIKS: Community-Level Information on Kids - This website brings together data on the well-being of children collected by KIDS COUNT grantees from state and local sources. The unique system allows users to access state-specific inventories of data from local sources, such as health departments, human services agencies, and schools.
  • Community Health Status Indicators (CHSI) - (Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) U.S.)  - County-specific data and reports on health status indicators. States and counties can use the indicators to check county health status in comparison to Healthy People 2010 targets, compare one's county to peers and the U.S., and characterize the overall health of the county and its citizens to support health planning.
  • County Health Rankings - (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), University of Wisconsin)  - Provides county-by-county health rankings in each of the 50 states, explanations of each health factor, and actionable strategies to improve the health of communities across the nation.
  • Data Resource Center for Child & Adolescent Health - (Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative (CAHMI))  - Allows users to search and display charts and tabular findings from individual survey items as well as derived key child health measures from the National Survey of Children's Health (NSCH) and the National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs (NS-CSHCN). The user-friendly site can display state profiles, rankings, and information for key demographic groups (e.g., child's age, sex, race and ethnicity, household income, insurance status and type).
  • - (Center for Advancing Health USA, Harvard School of Public Health)  - allows visitors to explore how metropolitan areas throughout the U.S. perform on a diverse range of social measures that comprise a well-rounded life experience. The site provides access to socioeconomic indicators for metropolitan areas in the form of tables, thematic maps, and customizable reports.
  • EPICenter - California Injury Data Online - (California Department of Health)  - (California Department of Health) Interactive website with fatal and nonfatal injury data for California residents beginning in 1991.
  • EpiQMS - (Pennsylvania Department of Health)  - the Epidemiologic Query and Mapping System (EpiQMS) is an interactive health statistics web site that can produce numbers, rates, graphs, charts, maps, and county profiles using various demographic variables (age, sex, race, etc.) from birth, death, cancer and population datasets for the state of PA and its counties.
  • Florida CHARTS - Florida Public Health Statistics - (Florida Department of Health)  - Provides access to Florida's health data at the community and statewide level including access to over 2,000 health indicators, county and state profile reports, county and census tract level maps, and queriable data access.
  • Kaiser state health facts - Provides free, up-to-date, and easy-to-use health data on all 50 states. provides data on more than 450 health topics and is linked to both the Kaiser Family Foundation website ( and (
  • KIDS COUNT State-Level Data Online - (Annie E. Casey Foundation)  - State-level data for over 100 measures of child well-being, including all the measures regularly used in the KIDS COUNT Data Book and The Right Start for America's Newborns. The online database allows you to generate custom reports for a geographic area (Profiles) or to compare geographic areas on a topic.
  • Missouri Information for Community Assessment - (Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services)  - MICA (Missouri Information for Community Assessment) is an interactive, intervention planning system for public health practitioners and community stakeholders. MICA has three primary tools: Data MICA (data and statistics for needs assessment); Priorities MICA (facts and figures to guide priority-setting); and Intervention MICA (information, tools and resources for intervention design, implementation, and evaluation).
  • National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs Data Resource Center - (Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration (MCHB))  - The Data Resource Center website delivers hands-on access to national, state and regional data from the National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs (NS-CSHCN) - the first-ever survey of families sponsored by the federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau.
  • National Survey of Children's Health (NSCH) Data Resource Center - (Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration (MCHB))  - The Data Resource Center website delivers hands-on access to national, state, and regional data from the National Survey of Children's Health (NSCH) - the second survey of families sponsored by the federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau designed to complement the 2001 National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs by providing data on the health and well-being of the general child population.
  • New Hampshire Health Data Inventory - (New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, New Hampshire Institute for Health Policy and Practice)  - Inventory of New Hampshire health data sources and reports.
  • North Carolina State Center for Health Statistics - (North Carolina State Center for Health Statistics (SCHS))  - The State Center for Health Statistics is committed to supplying health statistics which can inform state and county health policies and programs.
  • Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council - An independent state agency responsible for addressing the problem of escalating health costs, ensuring the quality of health care, and increasing access for all citizens regardless of ability to pay.
  • PeriStats - Developed by the March of Dimes Perinatal Data Center with funding from the National Institutes of Health, PeriStats provides free access to maternal & infant health-related data at the U.S., state, county, and city level.
  • Public Health Snapshots by State - (National Association of Local Boards of Health (NALBOH))  - Compilation of public health data for each state including education and training sources, community health statistics, public health partnerships, board of health state statutes, and more.
  • Quick Health Data Online - (Office on Women's Health, HHS (OWH))  - National, regional, state and county data are available by gender, race, ethnicity, and age. You can make your own custom tables, graphs, and maps.
  • Safety Net Monitoring - (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ))  - Baseline data and tools to help monitor the status of local safety nets in providing health care to low-income and other vulnerable populations.
  • SNAPS: Snap Shots of State Population Data - (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC))  - SNAPS provides local-level community profile information nationwide. It can be browsed by county and state and searched by zip code. SNAPS serves as a valuable tool when responding to public health emergency events at the state, Tribal, and local levels.
  • State Cancer Profiles - (National Cancer Institute, NIH (NCI))  - Descriptive cancer statistics to help prioritize cancer control efforts. The focus is on cancer sites for which there are known, preventable risk factors or screening tests for early detection and effective treatment options.
  • State Data Resources - (Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) U.S.)  - Links to individual state health data sources.

Data & Statistics | IDPH

A compendium of databases and datafiles used within IDPH which lists variables collected, contacts, limitations on data use and other information.


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