Useful Databases and Websites: Other Helpful Websites

Other Helpful Websites

The websites detailed below generally provide little data at anything less than the state level. While this makes it difficult to accurately depict rural versus urban health issues in a state, these websites are helpful and worthwhile browsing so that you become familiar with the data and resources they offer.


fed stats logoFedStats

What is Fedstats? 
FedStats Website:

FedStats, which has been available to the public since 1997, provides access to the full range of official statistical information produced by the Federal Government without having to know in advance which Federal agency produces which particular statistic. With convenient searching and linking capabilities to more than 100 agencies that provide data and trend information on such topics as economic and population trends, crime, education, health care, aviation safety, energy use, farm production and more, FedStats is your one location for access to the full breadth of Federal statistical information.

How Do I Find Information on Fedstats?

Topics A to ZMore than 400 topics that range from acute conditions (colds and influenza) through weekly earnings.

Program/Subject areas: Link to summaries of the major statistical programs including agriculture, education, energy, environment, health, income, labor, national accounts, safety, and transportation.

Agencies: If you know the name of the agency, you can select it from the agency list, browse key statistics, and look up contact information.

Search: Enter your key words or phrases. FedStats searches all of the linked agencies (or those you specify); then provides a list of links to the documents it finds. The search database is updated twice per month for each agency web site.

Press releases: For the most current information, browse topics on press releases or search the database, which is updated daily, for links to releases from the principal statistical agencies.

MapStats To profile your State, county, Federal judicial district, or congressional district, select the name from the menu or use the map provided for your State.



State Health Access Data Assistance Center

What is SHADAC?
SHADAC Website:

The University of Minnesota's State Health Access Data Assistance Center (SHADAC) is funded by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to help states monitor rates of health insurance coverage and to understand factors associated with uninsurance. SHADAC provides targeted policy analysis and technical assistance to states that are conducting their own health insurance surveys and/or using data from national surveys.

SHADAC has expertise in identifying, gathering and interpreting data on health care access and coverage. To discuss your question or project, contact SHADAC at 612-624-4802 or


National Data Sets

A variety of sources of health insurance measurement data are available for analysis.  Understanding the strengths, weaknesses and applicability of these sets is critical to developing useful information for policy development. SHADAC offers information on the variety of national sources of data available to states and the general public and provides a summary of the strengths and weaknesses of each survey for purposes of state policy.  From the SHADAC website you can link to the following federally-sponsored surveys:

  • Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS)
  • Current Population Survey (CPS)
  • Medical Expenditure Panel Survey–Household Component (MEPS-HC)
  • Medical Expenditure Panel Survey–Insurance Component (MEPS-IC)
  • National Health Interview Survey (NHIS)
  • State and Local Area Integrated Telephone Survey (SLAITS)
  • Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP)

There are also links to the following privately-sponsored surveys:

  • Community Tracking Study Household Survey
  • National Survey of America’s Families
  • 1993 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Family and Employer Health Insurance Surveys


state health

What is
State Health Facts Website:

The State Health Facts Website of the Kaiser Family Foundation offers a wide array of state level only statistical data in the following categories:

  • Demographics and the economy
  • Health costs and budgets
  • Health coverage and uninsured
  • Health status
  • Managed care and health insurance
  • Medicaid and SCHIP
  • Medicare
  • Minority health
  • Providers and service use
  • Women’s health

The data can be easily accessed and depicted in the form of bar graphs, tables and maps. 

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