National Center for Health Statistics

FastStatsfrom the Centers for Disease Control is particularly useful if you’re considering programs to support or improve community health. It provides quick access to statistics on topics of public health importance and is organized alphabetically. Links are provided to the sources of the statistics presented, sources of more data, and related web pages.


States Health Access Data

Useful to those who want to develop programs and improve health through policy, the University of Minnesota’s State Health Access Data Assistance Center (SHADAC) helps you monitor rates of health insurance coverage, understand factors associated with access to care, and use data for implementation of health reform by state. SHADAC’s focus is on deriving lessons from state variations in policy and outcomes in the national context. Data are derived from an ongoing research agenda (see Resources on the topics page. The Data Center, a web-based table generator tool, allows users to customize tables and graphs within this topic within a predefined set of parameters. The Data Center is an easily accessible source of health insurance coverage estimates from the Current Population Survey's (CPS) Annual Social and Economic Supplement and the American Community Survey (ACS), and provides some aggregated data from the U.S. Census.


Disability Statistics

This site provides convenient data for those interested in addressing issues affecting the disabled,. Estimates are based on analyses of the American Community Survey (ACS), the Current Population Survey (CPS), and Census 2000. Each data source has different strengths and uses different questions to identify disability. The best data source depends on the type of information you are interested in. For example, ACS data is likely the best choice for detailed and up-to-date estimates on six major disability types and a wide variety of topics. The CPS can provide historical time trends at the national and state levels from the 1980s for persons with a "work limitation disability," including prevalence, poverty, and several employment measures. For data on smaller sub-state areas the Census 2000 estimates provide geographically specific information based on data collected in 2000, while the American FactFinder provides some basic disability data for areas with populations of 60,000 or more.

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