Santa Cruz County Data Library
Select a data resource:
(1) County Health Rankings
(2) Arizona Health Status and Vital Statistics Report
(3) Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS)
(4) Obesity in Arizona: Prevalence, Hospital Care Utilization, Mortality
(5) Maternal Child Health Santa Cruz County Needs Assessment (2006)
(6) Epilepsy in the Arizona-Mexico Border Region
(7) Arizona Community Data Project
(8) First Things First Santa Cruz Regional Partnership Council Needs and Asset Report 2010
(9) Arizona Statewide Substance Abuse Epidemiology Profile
(10) Youth Risk Behavior Survey
(11) Arizona Youth Survey (AYS)
(12) Kids Count Data Center
(13) What We Learned About Adolescent Health Literacy
(14) Arizona Motor Vehicle Crash Facts
(15) Your Food Environment Atlas
(16) Battered Immigrant Women Project
(17) Vista Fronteriza: Outcomes in Community-Based Research in the Arizona-Sonora Border Region
(18) Rural Border Health Chartbook
This web site provides access to 50 state reports, ranking each county within the 50 states according to its health outcomes and the multiple health factors that determine a county’s health. Each county receives a summary rank for its health outcomes and health factors and also for the four different types of health factors: health behaviors, clinical care, social and economic factors, and the physical environment. Each county can also drill down to see specific county-level data (as well as state benchmarks) for the measures upon which the rankings are based.
The Arizona Health Status and Vital Statistics Report is an annual compilation of data for various vital events, including mortality, diseases, hospital inpatient discharges and Emergency Department visits, marriages and dissolutions of marriage; these data are broken down by gender, race/ethnicity, age, and county of residence.
Trends and patterns in health status and vital statistics by county of residence, 1999-2009
- Pregnancies by pregnancy outcome
- Natality: Maternal characteristics and newborn's health
- Fetal, perinatal and maternal deaths
- Induced terminations of pregnancy
- Trends and patterns in mortality
- Reportable diseases
- Marriages and marriage dissolutions
Indicators for Assessing Health Status and Monitoring Progress Toward Arizona and Selected National Year 2010 Objectives:
- 2009 County Profiles
Historical summary of selected vital events with rates by year and county, 1950-1998
- Number of births and birth rates by year and county of residence
- Number of deaths and death rates by year and county of residence
- Number of infant deaths and infant mortality rates by year and county of residence
- Number of marriages and marriage rates by year and county of residence
- Number of dissolutions of marriage and dissolutions of marriage rates by year and county of residence
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) data can be used to identify emerging health problems, establish and track health objectives, and develop and evaluate public health policies and programs. You can get county level data the BRFSS, but it is not easy to do for people who have no experience in analyzing data using a statistical software package such as SPSS or SAS. For complete information on the full BRFSS data resources, click on the following link.
BRFSS Selected Metropolitan/Micropolitan Area Risk Trends (SMART) City and County Data
The Selected Metropolitan/Micropolitan Area Risk Trends (SMART) project provides limited, easy-to-access BRFSS data for selected metropolitan and micropolitan statistical areas (MMSAs) with 500 or more respondents. At the link below you can find information on health risk data by year and category for the Santa Cruz micropolitan statistical area and often for Santa Cruz County, as well as generate reports that compare statistics to a different MMSA. Be aware that some categories of data are not available in some years.
This report provides excellent information concerning the prevalence of obesity and associated statistics from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, the mortality database, and the hospital discharge database. Figure 4 on page 6 provides the Average Annual Prevalence of Obesity by County of Residence, Arizona, 2001-2007.
This 2006 needs assessment was done in by a team of three Masters of Public Health Students at the University of Arizona Mel & Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health.
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This 2008 PowerPoint presentation reports on a study that assessed the prevalence of epilepsy in non-Hispanic Whites, Hispanics and Native Americans living along the Arizona-Mexico border.
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The Arizona Substance Abuse Partnership and the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission have developed the Arizona Community Data Project to create a central repository for Arizona's substance abuse and crime data in an effort to enhance data-for-decision-making, programmatic planning and monitoring, and reporting consistency. With just a few clicks of a mouse, the user-friendly website, allows individuals to access selected types of data at the geographic level of interest (state/county/community). Users can view, save, and print charts and maps of indicators that will be useful for planning and evaluating substance abuse prevention activities.
The Santa Cruz Regional Partnership Council is one of 31 regional partnership councils in Arizona. The Councils work to focus their communities’ attention on early childhood development, including child care, education, health, social services, and poverty issues. Every two years, the Councils commission a needs assessment report that explores regional needs and assets. This report builds on the first needs assessment report that was conducted for the Santa Cruz Regional Partnership Council in 2008 and provides new data and input from interviews with community stakeholders. The report identifies needs, assets, and opportunities for improvement and is intended to guide strategic planning and funding decisions.
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Go to the following pages to find data on 18 substance abuse indicators for the following communities/areas in Santa Cruz County.
- Tubac/Patagonia – page 125
- Nogales – page 126
Here you can find the 2007 national Youth Risk Behavior Survey Results data compared with Arizona and U.S. data.
The AYS is designed to assess school safety, adolescent substance use, antisocial behavior and the risk and protective factors that predict these adolescent problem behaviors. Surveys are administered to 8th, 10th, and 12th grade students every other year to more than 50,000 students enrolled in public school. Data in this report include youth 30-day alcohol use, cigarette use, 30-day marijuana use, percentage of youth who are in need of alcohol or drug treatment. The results for your county are presented along with comparisons to 2004 and 2006 survey results where applicable, as well as to the overall results for the state.
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Limitations: Sample sizes and responses rates vary across counties. As a result, some county-level data must be interpreted with caution when response rates or sample sizes warrant. As with other survey data presented in this report, the AYS is subject to potential bias due to the self-report nature of the data.
At this online site you can access hundreds of measures for child well-being for your county. Start at the URL below and then:
- Click on View Community-Level Profiles
- Click on Counties
- Select your county
- Select button for All Indicators or button for By Category to get indicators from 7 different categories including:
-- Economic Well-Being
-- Family and Community Health
-- Safety and Risky Behaviors
-- Other Indicators
This 2010 focus group study by the Santa Cruz County Adolescent Wellness Network provides findings that may be useful when developing a culturally competent health literacy education intervention for adolescents.
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Arizona Motor Vehicle Crash Facts is an annual report of the motor vehicle crashes occurring in the state of Arizona. The information contained in the report comes from Traffic Accident Reports submitted by state, county, city, tribal, and other law enforcement agencies. For county level data see pages 2, 10 15 and 37.
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Food environment factors—such as store/restaurant proximity, food prices, food and nutrition assistance programs, and community characteristics—interact to influence food choices and diet quality. Research is beginning to document the complexity of these interactions, but more is needed to identify causal relationships and effective policy interventions.
The objectives of the Atlas are:
- To assemble statistics on food environment indicators to stimulate research on the determinants of food choices and diet quality
- To provide a spatial overview of a community’s ability to access healthy food and its success in doing so
The Atlas assembles statistics on three broad categories of food environment factors: Food Choices, Health and Well-Being, and Community Characteristics. The Atlas currently includes 90 indicators of the food environment. The year and geographic level of the indicators vary to better accommodate data from a variety of sources. Some data are from the last Census of Population in 2000 while others are as recent as 2009. The most recent county-level data are used whenever possible.
What can you do with the atlas?
- Create maps showing the variation in a single indicator across the U.S.; for example, variation in the prevalence of obesity or access to grocery stores across U.S. counties
- View all of the county-level indicators for a selected county
- Use the advanced query tool to identify counties sharing the same degree of multiple indicators; for example, counties with both high poverty and high obesity rates
Experiences of Immigrant Women Who Self-petition under the Violence Against Women Act: This 2008 qualitative research report seeks to draw attention to the experiences of Latina battered immigrant women living in the U.S. Mexico border region, and to document opportunities and barriers created by immigration law and the legal system.
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This Southeastern Arizona Behavioral Health Services (SEABHS) report presents data results from five years of research in the Ambos Nogales area in order to further public discussion, to contribute to collaborative community problem solving and to support the remarkable work in binational health promotion and community development, already ongoing in these border communities.
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This 2012 Chartbook examines health status and health care utilization among U.S. border residents to shed light on potential geographic and ethnic disparities . It describes select indicators related to access to care, women’s preventive services, oral health, infectious and communicable diseases and mental health that have been previously identified as serious disparities warranting programmatic and policy interventions. These issues are examined for the four border states, Arizona, California, New Mexico, and Texas, comparing indicators by ethnicity (Hispanic vs. non-Hispanic), rurality (rural vs. urban), and proximity to border (border vs. non-border).
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