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HPS 402/502: Senior Seminar

Research Guide for HPS 402

Finding Health Data, Statistics, and Demographics

America's Health Rankings: search for state rankings, state health statistic overviews, and various health measures by state

City of Detroit Health Department: Health Statistics TablesIncludes health profiles, population trends, mortality trends and characteristics, birth characteristics and natality trends, and other health statistics for the Detroit population

County Health Rankingsincludes county data on health rankings, health factors, clinical care, social and economic factors, and physical environment

Data USA CIty Profiles (MIT): consolidates data from a variety of US government databases into city profiles which include health and safety, housing and living, economic, demographic, and education data

Health Statistics (US Census Bureau): statistics on the prevalence of disability and fertility, the percentages of people with and without health insurance—even down to the county level through Small Area Health Insurance Estimates (SAHIE), and the expenses and investments made by health care establishments

Michigan Behavioral Risk Factor Surveys: annual, state-level telephone surveys of Michigan residents, aged 18 years and olde, which act as the only source of state-specific, population-based estimates of the prevalence of various behaviors, medical conditions, and preventive health care practices among Michigan adults

National Health Care Statistics (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention): designed to answer key questions of interest to health care policy makers, public health professionals, and researchers, including factors that influence the use of health care resources, the quality of health care, including safety, and disparities in health care services provided to population subgroups in the United States

State Health Facts (Kaiser Family Foundation): Provides free, up-to-date, and easy-to-use health data on more than 800 health indicators for all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the United States, counties, and territories

State Snapshots (Data Resource Center for Child and Adolescent Health): national and state-level profiles on health-care system quality and performance, health status and disparities in child health across populations, and specific health problems and conditions

Finding Health Policy Reports

Kaiser Family Foundation: focused on national health issues, includes reports on health policy and health disparities

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Health Care Research and Publications 

Commonwealth Fund: independent research on health care issues to improve health care practice and policy

American College of Physicians: ACP reports on health care issues

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