Public Health Data Resources

Public Health Data Resources

Purpose of Health Data

Public health data can include information collected through routine reporting, population-based surveys, epidemiological surveillance activities, or qualitative focus groups.

Data enable agency staff, community partners, and residents to strategically assess local public health and environmental determinants, status, and outcomes, as well as public health system capacity and performance; plan public health strategies; provide evidence to enable action; and evaluate impact of action on health and the health system. They also help our community identify health inequities that call for systems level changes.

Access Local, State, & National Public Health Data

The tabs below link to key sources of public health data available at the local, state, and national levels. Most of these resources are regularly updated and present the most up to date available data and information on population health and social determinants of health for Boulder County.

The Health Planning & Evaluation team at Boulder County Public Health can assist you with special data requests.

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Local data resources include topical assessments and targeted analyses.

  • Boulder County Demographic Profile
    This tool allows users to build a demographic profile of any county in Colorado. Select Boulder County for data on population trends, forecasts, and other indicators of interest.
  • Status of Children 2018
    The Status of Children in Boulder County summarizes child health and well-being in Boulder County over time and across developmental stages, providing critical information for community members and decision makers.
  • Healthy Kids Colorado Results for Boulder County
    The Healthy Kids Colorado Survey (HKCS) measures how many youth engage in health risk behaviors and how many practice health-promoting behaviors across Colorado. Survey results are used to create school and community programs to reduce youth risk behaviors, and to encourage health, safety, and academic achievement. This page has HKCS data for Boulder County.
  • Community Health Assessments
    Every five years, local public health agencies in Colorado conduct a community-wide health assessment that informs a five-year prioritization and planning cycle. Data used by this assessment are available in linked data sheets and presentation slides.
  • Environmental Health Snapshot 2017
    In 2015‐16, Boulder County Public Health (BCPH) conducted an environmental health assessment to examine the environmental issues affecting Boulder County residents. This document presents the findings of that assessment, a snapshot of the status of health related to environmental issues in Boulder County.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) maintains multiple data resources and exploration tools. A few of them are provided below.

  • COHID (Colorado Health Information Dataset)
    This data site provides access to state and local-level data and resources compiled by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and its partners to help understand health and related issues affecting people in Colorado. The data site includes (but is not limited to) live birth and death data, demographic data, cancer incidence data, maternal and child data, suicide data, environmental epidemiology data, and drug overdose data.
  • Community Health Equity Maps
    A platform for visualizing geographic disparities for selected social determinants of health, life expectancy estimates, and key health conditions/outcomes across Colorado.
  • VISION (Visual Information System for Identifying Opportunities and Needs)
    A tool with chronic disease and behavioral health measures, prioritized and presented with interactive data visualizations.
  • Healthy Kids Colorado Survey (HKCS)
    HKCS helps us better understand youth health and what factors support youth to make healthy choices. The survey, conducted every two years, is supported by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, the Colorado Department of Education and the Colorado Department of Human Services. The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus administers the survey. This dashboard allows users to explore the data.

Leading national public health organizations provide data, as well as research evidence and analysis around current public health issues.

  • CDC Data and Statistics
    The United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention works 24/7 to protect America from health, safety and security threats, both foreign and in the U.S. This site includes publications, communications, resources, and tools related to health issues in the United States and abroad.
  • Healthy People DATA2020
    Healthy People 2020 is the federal government’s prevention agenda for building a healthier nation. It is a statement of national health objectives designed to identify the most significant preventable threats to health and to establish national goals to reduce these threats. This dashboard allows users to search indicators and see progress towards national goals.
  • CDC 500 Cities
    The purpose of the 500 Cities Project is to provide city- and census tract-level small area estimates for chronic disease risk factors, health outcomes, and clinical preventive service use for the largest 500 cities in the United States.
  • SAMHSA Data and Dissemination
    The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration provides data around key indicators of substance abuse and mental health in their Annual Report.

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