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HE6420 - Introduction to Health Education Program Design

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Government Sources for Demographic and Health Statistics

U.S. Census Bureau
The Census Bureau's QuckFacts feature provides quick, basic demographic data at the state, county, and city/town (pop. 5000+) levels.

Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS)
Serves as a portal to many CDC data sources, including most of those listed below.

CDC WONDER provides a wide range of statistics related to health and disease at the regional and state levels.

Behavioral Risk Factors Surveillance System (BRFSS)
The BRFSS's Prevalence & Trends Data and Chronic Disease Indicators tools provide statistics in various health-related categories related to subject behavior. Statistics are provided at the national and state levels, and, in some categories, it is possible to view trendlines and break down statistics by gender, income, and other factors.

Morbidity Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR)
The MMWR consists of provisional statistical reports from state health agencies to the CDC, and provide very current information the health profile of the nation.

Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS)
The YRBSS provides statistics on health-risk behaviors that contribute to the leading causes of death and disability among youth and adults, and measures the prevalence of obesity and asthma and other priority health-related. Data is available for states and large cities.

Michigan-Specific Sources

Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG)
Allows you to investigate demographic data at the county and city/town levels, and allows you to select individual cities/towns in order to generate custom reports.

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS)
Formerly the Michigan Department of Community Health. By clicking on Inside MDHHS and then Health Statistics and Reports, you can access reports and statistics related to health issues and number of enrollees in health-related state programs.

Food and Drug Administration

Environmental Protection Agency

Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration

National Cancer Institute

Data Sources Handout

Health Statistics from Nongovernmental Agencies and Organizations

County Health Rankings
Compares counties within a chosen state with regards to health-related statistics.

The Self-Sufficiency Standard for Michigan
This resource, from the Food Bank Council of Michigan and the University of Washington, estimates the livable wage for families in various Michigan counties.

Food Insecurity in Michigan
This map, provided by Feeding America, provides statistics on levels of food insecurity in various Michigan counties.

American Cancer Society

American Heart Association

Food Bank Council of Michigan

Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Other Interesting Sources

DemographicsNow: Business & People
A business database that provides some consumer-related health and demographic statistics. The CEX - Health Care Detail Summary and the Simmons Health and Beauty Summary may be of particular interest.

Kids Count Data Center
From the Annie E. Casey Foundation, this resource provides varied statistics on children, teens, and young adults.

MDHHS: Ambulatory Care Sensitive Hospitalizations
This report from the MDHHS provides trend data from 1999-2004 and can be broken down by age and gender.

MDHHS: Health Disparities Reduction and Minority Health

Parks and Recreation Sites

Macomb Country

Oakland Country

Wayne Country