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U.S. Census Quickfacts
QuickFacts includes statistics for all states and counties and for cities and towns with more than 5,000 people. QuickFacts provides quick, easy access to facts about people, business, and geography. Current Census data on demographics such as Population, Race, Housing, Educational level attainment, Income, and Local business facts are available here.
America’s Health Rankings
For over 20 years, America’s Health Rankings® has been tracking the state of our nation’s health by studying numerous health measures to compile a comprehensive perspective on our nation’s health issues, state by state. Our health is impacted by the combination of individual choices, our environment, decisions of public and elected officials, and quality of medical care. Health is a result of our behaviors, our individual genetic predisposition to disease, the environment and the community in which we live, the clinical care we receive and the policies and practices of our health care and prevention systems. Each of us - individually, as a community, and as a society — strives to optimize these health determinants, so that all of us can have a long, disease-free and robust life regardless of race, gender or socioeconomic status.
This report looks at the four groups of health determinants that can be affected:
- Behaviors include the everyday activities we do that affect our personal health. It includes habits and practices we develop as individuals and families that have an effect on our personal health and on our utilization of health resources. These behaviors are modifiable with effort by the individual supported by community, policy and clinical interventions.
- Community and environment reflects the reality that the daily conditions in which we live our lives have a great effect on achieving optimal individual health. These factors can be modified by a concerted effort by the community and its elected officials supported by state and federal agencies, professional associations, advocacy groups and businesses.
- Public and health policies are indicative of the availability of resources to encourage and maintain health and the extent that public and health programs reach into the general population. Policies can have very wide reach throughout the state and promote healthy living and judicious consumption of healthcare resources.
- Clinical care reflects the quality, appropriateness and cost of the care we receive at doctors’ offices, clinics and hospitals. All health determinants are intertwined and must work together to be optimally effective.
CDC’s Interactive Atlas of Heart Disease and Stroke
This application allows users to view county-level maps of heart disease and stroke, along with maps of social environmental conditions and health services for the entire United States or for a chosen state or territory. Congressional boundaries and health care facilities can be added with an overlay.
Community Health Status Indicators (CHSI)
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 was designed not only for public health professionals but also for members of the community who are interested in the health of their community. The CHSI report contains over 200 measures for each of the 3,141 United States counties. Although CHSI presents indicators like deaths due to heart disease and cancer, it is imperative to understand that behavioral factors such as tobacco use, diet, physical activity, alcohol and drug use, sexual behavior and others substantially contribute to these deaths. The CHSI report provides a tool for community advocates to see, react, and act upon creating a healthy community. The report can serve as a starting point for community assessment of needs, quantification of vulnerable populations, and measurement of preventable diseases, disabilities, and deaths.
Community Commons is an interactive mapping, networking, and learning utility for the broad-based healthy, sustainable, and livable communities’ movement. Registered users have free access to impact, communication and mapping. Searchable profiles are available of hundreds of place-based community initiatives (multi-sector collaboratives) working towards healthy/sustainable/livable/ equitable communities - funded by government and private philanthropy - complete with text & video narratives on "what's working." Peer learning forums hosted by leading national Technical Assistance providers in the "interactive commons,” connect colleagues to explore similar interests and challenges .
County Health Facts Brochures
County Health Facts Brochures are available for each county in Arkansas and include locations of Local Health Units (LHUs) and names, photos and contact information for LHU administrators, county judges and county health officers. Each county brochure contains information on LHU staffing, services provided, demographics and economic factors, and strategic priority information, rates and rankings by county.
County Health Facts Maps
County Health Facts Maps contain pertinent demographic, health statistics and health services data available for each county for the Fiscal Year (July 1, 2007 – June 30, 2008). These correspond to data found in the County Health Facts Brochures.
County Health Profile Data
County Health Profile data includes data on mortality for the major causes of death in Arkansas by county and includes BRFSS estimated data on prevalence of many health indicators in each county.
The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey (BRFSS) County Estimates
Arkansas Center for Health Statistics develops county-level BRFSS estimates from the state survey data. Currently, county-level estimates are available for single years from 2001-2008 and combined estimates for years 1993-1999 and 2000-2002. Individual estimates of data for each county and the state in an excel type (pdf) format.
The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey (BRFSS) County Maps
Arkansas State maps are provided with selected data for each county. Arkansas BRFSS (Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System) maps graphically display the prevalence of selected health indicators at the county level. These maps allow users to visually compare prevalence data for each of the 75 counties located in Arkansas. They are in PDF format and were developed using GIS (Geographic Information Systems) technology and Arkansas BRFSS County estimates. Contact the BRFSS Program Coordinator to request a map for a topic that is not included in the lists below. The county BRFSS estimates used to create the maps are available in PDF format (see above) and can be downloaded for more detailed analyses.
County Adult Health Survey (CAHS) / County Youth Health Survey (CYHS)
A County Health Survey is a questionnaire used to collect and evaluate personal risk behaviors that may affect the health of Arkansans. The County Health Survey may focus on adults - County Adult Health Survey - or on the youth - County Youth Health Survey. The County Health Surveys are conducted in cooperation with the Hometown Health Improvement (HHI) initiative.
The County Adult Health Survey primarily focuses on behaviors that are linked to the leading causes of death (heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes and injury) and other important health issues. The CAHS is based on the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The County Youth Health Survey is designed to measure health risk behaviors such as smoking, drinking and driving, and obesity among the State's youth. The CYHS focuses on students in grades 7 through 12. The CYHS is based on the Youth Risk Behavior Survey, developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Arkansas Prevention Needs Assessment Survey (APNA)
National, State, County and School District Reports are supported by the Office of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention. Division of Behavioral Services, Arkansas Department of Human Services. Data assessment and analysis done by: International Survey Associates, LLC, dba Pride Surveys. Pride Surveys measure behavior on many crucial issues that can affect the learning environment. School staff and faculty are surveyed on awareness and assessment of current alcohol and drug programs, safety concerns, compliance and basic knowledge of policy, knowledge of drug information, and training needs. Parents are surveyed on information, impressions and knowledge that parents have regarding drug and alcohol use and violence amongst students. Students nationwide in grades 4 through 12 are anonymously surveyed concerning factors affecting their learning capabilities: drug and alcohol abuse, family matters, discipline, safety, activities, gangs, and more. With today’s emphasis on evaluation and accountability, Pride Surveys have assisted single schools, school districts, state and federal agencies, and other organizations such as community coalitions. In 1998 a federal law designated Pride Surveys as an official measurement of adolescent drug use in America.
County Health Rankings
The County Health Rankings show us that where we live matters to our health. The health of a community depends on many different factors - ranging from health behaviors, education and jobs, to quality of health care, to the environment. The Rankings are based on a model of population health that emphasizes the many factors that, if improved, can help make communities healthier places to live, learn, work and play. Building on the work of America's Health Rankings, the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute has used this model to rank the health of Wisconsin’s counties every year since 2003.
Public Health in Arkansas' Communities Search (PHACS)
PHACS is a summary of indicators that can affect the health of Arkansans. Community groups, students, and researchers can use PHACS to find county health data from different sources. This project is supported by Arkansas Center for Health Disparities,
Arkansas Prevention Research Center, UAMS Center for Clinical and Translational Research, and the Arkansas Minority Health Commission. Access to PHACS provides county level health data from different topic areas, downloadable data for reports, and complete profile reports that contain a comprehensive view of each county.
Aspire Arkansas Community Indicators Report
Arkansas Community Foundation's seven Aspirations for Arkansas Communities are goals for the future of our state. In partnership with the Institute for Economic Advancement at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, county-by-county data has been compiled from a variety of state agencies and other sources to provide a snapshot of where our communities stand. How healthy are we? How civically active are we? How safe are our communities? How strong are our educational institutions? Vision: Arkansans will use this information to identify and address the challenges in their communities and to celebrate and replicate the successes revealed in the report.
Additonal Resources for Specific Data Needs
Arkansas Department of Health, Health Statistics Branch Query System
ADH Interactive website that provides most recent data on Low Birthweight, Fertility, Cause of Death, Cause of Infant Death, and Hospital Discharge Data. State, Public Health Region and County level data are searchable by a variety of parameters such as race, age, ethnicity and time frame. Some skill is necessary to navigate this system. Explicit instructions are located in the “Data Mining” curriculum
Arkansas Cancer Query System
The Arkansas Central Cancer Registry (ACCR) is a population-based registry whose goal is to collect timely and complete data on all cancer cases diagnosed in the state. The registry is located within the Center for Public Health Practice of the Arkansas Department of Health, and is responsible for maintaining a statewide cancer incidence reporting system; monitoring data accuracy, reliability, and completeness through systematic quality assurance procedures; analyzing cancer incidence and mortality data; disseminating cancer information and facilitating studies related to cancer prevention and control. Cancer Registry data are used to identify populations at increased risk of cancer, investigate public concerns of suspected excesses of cancer due to environmental or other factors, and monitor trends in cancer incidence and mortality so that appropriate and timely interventions are undertaken. General analysis of our data is available to the public. Most analysis of registry data (e.g. cancer cases by primary site, age adjusted rates, cancers counts by county and crude rates) can be done with the online query system. This site also provides cancer mortality data.
The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey (BRFSS)
The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) is a state-based system of health surveys that collects information on health risk behaviors, preventive health practices, and health care access primarily related to chronic disease and injury. The CDC’s BRFSS website provides state level, timely, accurate data on health-related behaviors. BRFSS was established in 1984 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); currently data are collected monthly in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Guam. More than 350,000 adults are interviewed each year, making the BRFSS the largest telephone health survey in the world. States use BRFSS data to identify emerging health problems, establish and track health objectives, and develop and evaluate public health policies and programs. Many states also use BRFSS data to support health-related legislative efforts is a random digit dial telephone survey conducted in every state once a year by CDC. The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) is the world’s largest, on-going telephone health survey system, tracking health conditions and risk behaviors in the United States yearly since 1984.
National Environmental Public Health Tracking Network (Tracking Network)
National Environmental Public Health Tracking Network (Tracking Network) is a system of integrated health, exposure, and hazard information and data from a variety of national, state, and city sources.
On the Tracking Network, you can view maps, tables, and charts with data about:
- chemicals and other substances found in the environment
- some chronic diseases and conditions
- the area where you live