Rural Health Data Sources

Arizona Border Region Data Resources and Virtual Library

The Arizona Border Communities Health Network is collecting and compiling existing health needs assessment data for the following Arizona border counties: Cochise, Santa Cruz, and Yuma. The purpose of the library is to provide health data at the county or community level that can be used by organizations and communities to set health priorities, plan health programs, and seek funding for them.

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Seeking Rural Health Data: A Toolkit

State Offices of Rural Health are increasingly challenged to deliver better and ever larger amounts of data to substantiate the needs for resources to address rural health issues. The CRH has designed a toolkit to provide State Offices of Rural Health with a tool for accessing and utilizing national databases that are readily available, free, and have useful rural information for State Offices of Rural Health.

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Useful Rural Health Databases

The Seeking Rural Health Data Toolkit explains how to navigate the following data sources. The links for "How to Use this Data Sources" will launch the toolkit for that source.

Data Source Link

BRFSS
Tracks state- and county-level information on health conditions and risk behaviors from the CDC.
How to use this data source >

http://www.cdc.gov/brfss/
YBRSS
Monitors health risk behaviors of youth that contribute to the leading causes of death, disability, and social problems among youth.
How to use this data source >
 http://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/yrbs/index.htm

Current Population Survey
Primary source of information on the labor force characteristics of the U.S. population.
How to use this data source >

http://www.census.gov/cps/ 
CDC Wonder

The CDC’s web portal of information resources for epidemiological data, such as mortality and birth data.
How to use this data source >

 http://wonder.cdc.gov/
Economic Research Service
Primary source of economic information and research in the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
How to use this data source >
 http://www.ers.usda.gov/
Fedstats
Provides access to the full range of official statistical information produced by the Federal Government.
More info >
 http://www.fedstats.gov/
State Health Facts
Kaiser Family Foundation offers a wide array of state level only statistical data
More info >
http://www.statehealthfacts.org/