Before getting started, think about the following:
- Potential sources: What government agencies, foundations, or national organizations have an interest in collecting, summarizing, and/or publishing statistics on this topic? Is there an National Institutes of Health agency that does research in this area?
- Geographic scope: County, state, national, and international
Public Health in Arkansas Communities Search (PHACS) – UAMS College of Public Health
County Health Rankings – Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Directory of State Health Department Websites – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
HRSA Data Warehouse – US Department of Health and Human Services
Morbidity and Mortalitiy Weekly Report (MMWR) – Nationally Notifiable Disease Surveillance System
StateHealtFacts.org – Kaiser Family Foundation
Statistical Abstract of the United States – US Census Bureau
NCHS FastStats A-Z – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
CDC Wonder – Chronic and infectious diseases; environmental health; occupational health; injuries; health practice; health promotion.
HCUPnet – AHRQ’s Health Care Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP). Data on hospital stays at the national, state, and local levels.
GlobalHealthFacts.org – Kaiser Family Foundation
Demographic and Health Surveys – Most country surveys collect information on basic demographic and health topics, including fertility, family planning, maternal and child health and nutrition as well as special topics in response to emerging health issues and changing trends.
WHO Infobase – World Health Organization