Health topics include maternal and child health, health behaviors, access to care, and health outcomes.
There are several sources of health data discussed here.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Wide-ranging ONline Data for Epidemiologic Research (WONDER) is an easy-to-use internet system that makes the information resources of the CDC available to the public. Public-use data sets about mortality (deaths), natality (births), cancer incidence, HIV and AIDS, TB, the physical environment, and population are available for query, and the requested data are readily summarized and analyzed. Data users can produce tables, maps, charts and download tab-delimited text exports of summary statistics.
View other data resources available from the CDC by topic here.
Small Area Health Insurance Estimates
The U.S. Census Bureau’s Small Area Health Insurance Estimates (SAHIE) program produces timely estimates for all counties and states by detailed demographic and income groups. The SAHIE program produces single-year estimates of health insurance coverage for every county in the U.S. The estimates are model-based and consistent with the American Community Survey (ACS).
SAHIE data can be used to analyze geographic variation in health insurance coverage, as well as disparities in coverage by race/ethnicity, sex, age and income levels that reflect thresholds for state and federal assistance programs. Because consistent estimates are available from 2008 to 2014, SAHIE reflects annual changes over time.
Kentucky Health Facts
Kentucky Health Facts is sponsored by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky. The aim of the website is to provide ready access to key health data for Kentucky communities. As such, age-adjusted rates and other calculations have already been made, making the data more accessible to the public. The data are available for Kentucky, Area Development Districts, and counties.
Topics covered by Kentucky Health Facts include demographics, social and behavioral indicators, health outcomes, access to care, maternal and child health, and senior health.
KIDS COUNT Data Center
The KIDS COUNT Data Center is a project of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, created to track the well-being of children in the United States. Data provided by the Kentucky Youth Advocates tracks the well-being of Kentucky’s children by county and by school district.
One of the topics covered by the KIDS COUNT Data Center is Health, including indicators such as low-weight births, preterm births, teen births, infant mortality and more.
County Health Rankings
The County Health Rankings program is a collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. The annual County Health Rankings provide a revealing snapshot of how health is influenced by where we live, learn, work and play. The data is available for nearly every county in the United States. Data topics include health behaviors, health outcomes, clinical care, social and economic conditions, and the physical environment.
Kentucky Cancer Registry
The Kentucky Cancer Registry (KCR) is the official population-based central cancer registry for the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Data available include cancer incidence rates and cancer mortality rates by county for different cancer types and demographic characteristics.