Rural Health Data Line

Welcome to the Arizona Rural Health Data Line 

The ARHD is a centralized collection of rural health data and links to community level data and health-related sites. The data summaries provide state, urban, and rural comparisons as well as comparisons between Arizona’s 15 counties. The information is divided into seven sections. 

Our Partners

A number of partners have contributed the data to the site. They include the Arizona Department of Health ServicesArizona Health Care Cost Containment SystemIndian Health Service, and the Arizona Association of Community Health Centers.

Data Sets

  • Arizona Population Characteristics include selected state, county, and community demographics from the 2000 Census.
  • Health Practitioner Workforce includes five-year state and county trend information for selected health care practitioners for 1997 – 2001.
  • Health Care Facilities and Telemedicine Sites describes the rural health infrastructure in the counties for 2002.
  • Health Care Coverage describes five-year state and county health care coverage trends for 1997 - 2001.
  • Health Services Utilization describes selected state and county health services usage for 2000-2001.
  • Health Indicators include selected natality, morbidity, and mortality indicators for the state and 15 counties for 1997 - 2001.
  • Arizona Tribal Health includes information on tribal population characteristics, IHS health care personnel and facilities, IHS health care coverage, health services utilization, and selected health indicators for similar time periods as above.

Who can use this information?

Users of this information/data may include: Arizona policy makers, state agencies, local health agencies, rural health programs, health care associations and organizations, rural health researchers, health professional education programs, and those interested in rural health issues.  We are requesting users to complete the evaluation survey. 

How can the ARHD data be used?

  • identify gaps in rural health care systems in Arizona 
  • advocate for specific health policies 
  • develop or change rural health policies 
  • provide background information for grants and contract proposals 
  • develop new or expand existing rural health programs 
  • determine specific rural health workforce needs 
  • determine rural health research opportunities 
  • monitor changes in rural health.

The Arizona Rural Health Dataline Website (ARHD) is sponsored by Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health Rural Health OfficeSouthwest Border Rural Health Research Center (SBRHRC) as a service to those who are interested in improving the health and well being of those residing in rural Arizona. The establishment of this website was funded by a grant from the St. Luke’s Health Initiatives. 

The ARHD will continue to evolve with Arizona’s rural health needs and availability of rural health data. The data will be updated periodically and new information will be added as needed.