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1999 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS)
The 1999 national, state, and local YRBSS data provide information on priority health risk behaviors among high school students. Data covering injuries, violence, tobacco use, alcohol and other drug use, sexual behaviors, dietary behaviors, and physical activity are included.

2009 Drug Abuse Warning Network Data
The Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN) is a nationally representative public health surveillance system that has monitored drug related emergency department (ED) visits to hospitals since the early 1970s.

2011 County Health Profiles

The 2011 County Health Profiles are a series of 68 individual data listings - one for each county and one for the Commonwealth of PA. Numerous statistics are shown for various health-related subject areas including: demographics and population, natality, reported pregnancies, morbidity and mortality, adult behavioral health risk factors, hospitals, nursing homes, and drug/alcohol abuse treatment facilities.

2011 National Healthcare Quality & Disparities Reports
For the ninth year in a row, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has produced the National Healthcare Quality Report (NHQR) and the National Healthcare Disparities Report(NHDR). These reports measure trends in effectiveness of care, patient safety, timeliness of care, patient centeredness, and efficiency of care. New this year are chapters on care coordination, health system infrastructure. The reports present, in chart form, the latest available findings on quality of and access to health care.

2012 KIDS COUNT Data Book

Each year, the Annie E. Casey Foundation's KIDS COUNT Data Book provides information and data trends on the conditions of U.S. children and families. This year's Data Book introduces the new KIDS COUNT index, which provides a more detailed picture of how children are faring. In addition to ranking states on overall child well-being, the 2012 Data Book provides state rankings for four domains: Economic Well-Being, Education, Health, and Family and Community.

Active Living Research: Tools & Measures on Physical Activity

This resource page provides links to a selection of instruments and measures that have been used for physical activity-related research.  Active Living Research is a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation that supports research to identify environmental factors and policies that influence physical activity.

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
This site includes links to a variety of data sources and surveys, clinical information, information for patients and consumers, and funding opportunities. In examining what works and does not work in health care, AHRQ's mission includes both translating research findings into better patient care and providing policymakers and other health care leaders with information needed to make critical health care decisions.


America's Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, 2009

America's Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, 2009 is a compendium of indicators illustrating both the promises and the difficulties confronting our Nation's young people. The report presents 40 key indicators on important aspects of children's lives. These indicators are drawn from our most reliable statistics, easily understood by broad audiences, objectively based on substantial research, balanced so that no single area of children's lives dominates the report, measured regularly so that they can be updated to show trends over time, and representative of large segments of the population rather than one particular group.

Community Health Status Indicators (Health and Human Services)
The goal of Community Health Status Indicators (CHSI) is to provide an overview of key health indicators for local communities and to encourage dialogue about actions that can be taken to improve a community’s health.  The CHSI report contains over 200 measures for each of the 3,141 United States counties.

Current Population Survey
The Current Population Survey (CPS) is a monthly survey of about 50,000 households conducted by the Bureau of the Census for the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Estimates obtained from the CPS include employment, unemployment, earnings, hours of work, and other indicators. They are available by a variety of demographic characteristics including age, sex, race, marital status, and educational attainment. They are also available by occupation, industry, and class of worker.

Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics
This web site offers easy access to federal and state statistics and reports on children and their families, including: population and family characteristics, economic security, health, behavior and social environment, and education.

More that 70 agencies in the United States Federal Government produce statistics of interest to the public. The Federal Interagency Council on Statistical Policy maintains this site to provide easy access to the full range of statistics and information produced by these agencies for public use.

Food Environment Atlas
Your Food Environment Atlas is an online mapping tool that assembles statistics on food environment indicators and provides a spatial overview of a community's ability to access healthy food and its success in doing so.  The atlas assembles food environment factors within three broad categories (food choices, health and well-being, community characteristics) and currently includes 90 indicators -- most at the county level. Users can create maps showing the variation in a single indicator across the United States, view all the county-level indicators for a selected county, or use the advance query tool to identify counties sharing the same degree of multiple indicators.

HealthMap, founded in 2006, utilizes online informal sources for disease outbreak monitoring and real-time surveillance of emerging public health threats. The website delivers real-time intelligence on a broad range of emerging infectious diseases.

Housing and Urban Development Environmental Maps
Healthy Communities Environmental Mapping — HUD E-MAPS — is a free Internet service that combines information on HUD’s community development and housing programs with EPA’s environmental data. HUD E-MAPS provides: location, type and performance of HUD-funded activities in every neighborhood across the country; and select EPA information on brownfields, hazardous wastes, air pollution and waste water discharges. HUD E-MAPS empowers local communities to build smarter and healthier neighborhoods.

Injury Maps
The National Center for Injury Prevention and Control's (NCIPC) interactive mapping system, gives you access to the geographic distribution of injury-related mortality rates in the the United States. Injury Maps allows you to create county-level and state-level maps of age-adjusted mortality rates for the entire United States and for individual states.

Kaiser Family Foundation's State Health Facts Online
This is a new resource containing the latest state-level data on demographics, health, and health policy, including health coverage, access, financing, and state legislation. Users can compare states or get individual state profiles.

Knight Foundation Community Indicators Project
The Knight Foundation develop the Community Indicators Project to document the social health of the 26 communities it serves through its grant making, including Philadelphia. The Project compares selected indicators across the following areas: Demographic, Economic and Social Context of Communities; Children and Social Welfare; Education and Literacy; Community Development and Homelessness; and Citizenship.

National Center for Health Statistics
NCHS is the primary Federal organization responsible for the collection, analyses, and dissemination of health statistics. The intent of this site is to provide users access to the health information that NCHS produces. Users can browse the publications and statistical tables, download selected public-use data files, conduct on-line database queries and searches, track progress toward Healthy People 2000 Objectives, or access FASTATS.

National Center for Health Statistics, CDC Data for all ages

This site contains data tables, on a wide variety of topics including pregnancy and birth, health conditions and risk factors,Health care access and use, mortality, and selected Healthy People 2010 objectives. The tables present pre-tabulated data by age, gender, race/ethnicity and geographic area, and are organized in folders by life stages and topics.

National Household Study on Drug Abuse
This study is the primary source of information on the prevalence, patterns, and consequences of drug and alcohol use and abuse in the general U.S. civilian non institutionalized population, age 12 and older. This website provides data at the national and state level.

Philadelphia Neighbors Online
This site provides fast access to information, ideas, and programs related to improving the quality of life in Philadelphia's neighborhoods, and works to create a city-wide network of activists working on problems that affect Philadelphia. Includes links on organizing, funding, housing, crime, education and schools, jobs, recreation, health and human services, and elected officials.

Research Methods Resources on the World Wide Web
Links to dozens of other sites on some of the following topics: Action Research; Case Study Research; Content Analysis; Qualitative Research; General Research Methods; General Survey Research; Historical Research; Internet Research; Questionnaires; Professional Associations; Research Ethics; Research Software and more.

Sources of Data on Sexual Orientation
This website encourages the collection of sexual orientation data and the analysis of data
sources that have already collected such data.

U.S Census Bureau
Allows user to find a profile of selected social, economic, or housing characteristics for states, cities, counties, congressional districts, etc., to locate data from U.S. Census and American Community Survey about households, education, income, homeownership, etc., and to create maps using Census data. Also provides information about the 2000 U.S. Census.

United Way State of Caring Index
The United Way State of Caring Index show major social needs in the face of economic expansion. The United Way State of Caring Index incorporates 35 long-term indicators covering 1991 to 2001, including financial security, health, education, safety, charitable giving, volunteerism, civic engagement and the natural environment.

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