Rural Health Related Data Sources

This list was compiled after an extensive search for rural health related data sources. If you are aware of other data sources, please let us know so we can add it to the list.

Table of Contents:

Redwood Coast Region (Humboldt, Del Norte, Trinity & Mendocino Counties)

Children’s Health    Community    Health    Environment


Data Sources Specific to the Redwood Coast Region

Humboldt, Del Norte, Trinity & Mendocino Counties (back to top)

Rural Health Information Survey

A survey conducted by the California Center for Rural Policy in 2006 assessing health disparities, access to health care and other determinants of health among residents in the Redwood Coast Region.

Rural Latino Project

Interviews conducted by the California Center for Rural Policy assessing health care needs of rural Latinos in Northern California.

Del Norte County Health Care Provider Recruitment & Retention Plan

California Center for Rural Policy, Humboldt State University

Redwood Coast Connect report, 2009

This study focused on analyzing demand, supply and current policy climate in an ongoing initiative to make broadband Internet available to all residents in the region.

Humboldt County Community Needs Assessment, 2011

St. Joseph Health System-Humboldt County.

Humboldt Diabetes Project

Humboldt Del-Norte Independent Practice Association

Humboldt General Plan Update Health Impact Assessment

Humboldt County Public Health Branch, Humboldt Partnership for Active Living, Human Impact Partners.

Contains information about transportation, housing, environmental stewardship, economy, public infrastructure and safety and potential health impacts for three plan alternatives being considered in the Humboldt County General Plan Update.

Humboldt County Transportation-Disadvantaged Populations Report, May 2006

Natural Resources Services, Redwood Community Action Agency

Community Health Status Report, 2008

Mendocino County Department of Public Health

Diversified Healthcare Industry Cluster Strategic Work Plan for the Redwood Coast 2010-2013


Data Sources for Children’s Health (back to top)

National Level Data:

The Health and Well-Being of Children in Rural Areas 2005

Department of Health and Human Services

This chartbook is based on data from the National Survey of Children’s Health. It makes rural and urban comparisons.

National Survey of Children’s Health

Telephone survey conducted every 4 years. Data available on a national or state level.

Healthy Counties Database Search

For model policies, programs and initiatives that counties nationwide have enacted to promote wellness and help prevent childhood obesity. Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health

Public resource that allows users to easily find, customize, and share local data on more than 400 measures of child health and well being. Data are available for every county, city, school district, and legislative district in California.

State & County Level Data:

Investigating Very Low Food Security in the Redwood Coast Region

California Center for Rural Policy, Humboldt State University

A Research Brief with data from the Rural Health Information Survey.

California Health Interview Survey

UCLA Center for Health Policy Research

A telephone survey conducted every 2 years. Includes a broad range of health topics. Data is available on a state or county level, however many counties are grouped into regions.

The Healthy Kids Survey

A youth self-report survey of 5th-12th graders. Collects data about drug use, violence, crime, and physical and mental health. Data available for school districts, and counties.

 Overweight Children in California

California Center for Public Health Advocacy

An analysis and summary of the California Physical Fitness Test of 5th, 7th and 9th graders. Data is available on a state or county level.

County Profiles of Hunger, Nutrition, and Health in California

California Food Policy Advocates

School Food Programs

California Department of Education

Child nutrition programs data and statistics, including county profiles, free and reduced price data, school meal nutrition analysis, and summer meal service sites.

Data files include public school enrollment, number of CalWORKS children residing in the attendance area, number of students eligible for free or reduced price meal programs, percent CalWORKS children, and percent free and reduced price meal eligibility in the program.

Kids Count Data Center, The Annie E. Casey Foundation

State, city, county & school district level data for over 100 measures of child well-being.

Healthy Children Ready for School:  The Impact of First 5 in California’s Northwest Region


Data Sources for Community(back to top)

National Level Data:

Community Tracking Study (CTS), Center for Studying Health System Change

Periodic national surveys of households, physicians and employers.

American Fact Finder

US Census site for population, housing, economic and geographic data.

Poverty in America Living Wage Calculator

Find your state and county, and find your living wage. Also has data of what jobs are currently paying in communities.

Handbook: Making the Most of MAP-21

Congress in summer of 2012 adopted an update to the federal transportation program known as Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st century, or MAP-21. MAP-21 makes significant changes to federal transportation policy that are critical to understand. There are key provisions that allow for engaged stakeholders, local officials and citizens to push for genuine progress.

State & County Level Data:

California Department of Finance

Selected economic, social, and demographic data at the state and county level.

Labor Market Information

State of California Employment Development Department

Data includes unemployment and industry information at the state, county and city level.

The California County Profiles, California Department of Finance

A compilation of selected economic, social, and demographic data for California and its 58 counties.

Race and Ethnicity in California: Demographics Report Series, Stanford University

The Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity (CCSRE) uses Census data to document the current socioeconomic, educational, and demographic status of ethnic and racial minority populations in California.


Data Sources for Health (back to top)

Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD)

Data includes diagnoses and financial information from hospitals, primary care/specialty clinics, long term care facilities, home health and hospice. OSHPD also has information about Healthcare Workforce Development, Health Professional Shortage Area Designations and Medical Service Study Areas.

Insure the Uninsured Project

Information about the uninsured by county. Data on the number of uninsured is obtained from the California Health Interview Survey.

Healthy Families Enrollment Data

Enrollment and disenrollment figures for Healthy Families’ children by age, county or health plan.

Vital Statistics Data (birth, death, fetal death, infant death and marriage)

Vital Statistics Query System

Specialty Access on the North Coast: Mental, Dental and Medical Access in Humboldt, Del Norte, Trinity and Mendocino Counties

County Health Status Profiles and Health Data Summaries for California Counties

Contains county data for selected health indicators as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) and modified by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) in collaboration with the California Conference of Local Health Officers (CCLHO).

The California Women’s Health Survey

Department of Health Care Services

An annual telephone survey that collects information from a sample of approximately 4,000 randomly selected adult women aged 18 years or older on a wide variety of health indicators and health-related knowledge, behaviors, and attitudes. This survey began in March 1997 as a collaborative effort between the California Departments of Health Services, Mental Health, Alcohol and Drug Programs, and Social Services, and the Public Health Institute (PHI). PHI’s Survey Research Group administered the survey while California Medical Review, Inc. (CMRI) provided technical assistance.


California Department of Public Health

Fatal & nonfatal injury and violence data tables at state & county levels

State Cancer Profiles

California Cancer Registry

California’s statewide population-based cancer surveillance system.

National Cancer Institute

Cancer statistics on a national, state and county level.

The California Tobacco Survey

California Department of Public Health

A telephone survey of adults aged 18 and older conducted triennially by the University of California San Diego for the California Department of Health Services, Tobacco Control Section. Includes a broad range of tobacco-related indicators. Data is available on a state or county level, however many counties are grouped into regions.

California Health Interview Survey

UCLA Center for Health Policy Research

A telephone survey conducted every 2 years. Includes a broad range of health topics. Data is available on a state or county level, however many counties are grouped into regions.

Maternal and Child Health Resources, UC Berkeley

Extensive list of data sources

Rural Providers and eHealth: The Future is Now

This report provides a summary of the current eHealth environment in California of relevance to the state’s rural health care providers and those that use the rural health care delivery system; identifies the barriers and challenges associated with rural health care providers successfully adopting eHealth technologies; the opportunities currently available to rural health care providers to overcome some of these barriers; and a discussion of the policy implications associated with these opportunities.


Data Sources for Environment (back to top)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics

Numerous national level surveys and data sources.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC Wonder

Provides a single point of access to a wide variety of public health reports and data systems.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control

WISQARS (Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System) is an interactive database system that provides customized reports of injury-related data.

RAND Corporation

Public use databases on a wide range of topics both nationally and internationally.

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