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NUR 388: Community Health

Fall 2011
Research Help

Here are some useful data sources for your community assessment project. You have an open invitation to visit the reference desk (main floor of the library) or e-mail a librarian (Anna Hulseberg, for help with your research. Just ask!

Professor: Lori Steffen
Librarian: Anna Hulseberg

Table of Contents:

Government & Community Websites
  • County Health Rankings
    Provides county health rankings for each state. The County Health Rankings are a component of the Mobilizing Action Toward Community Health (MATCH) project, a collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.
  • Federal Web Sites
    • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
      The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the primary Federal agency for conducting and supporting public health activities in the United States. For statistics, go to Data & Statistics, click More Data & Statistics, then click FastStats A to Z.
    • CDC Wonder
      Provides statistics collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Subjects covered include natality, mortality, AIDS, cancer, etc.
    • FDsys
      From the Government Printing Office, the Federal Digital System (FDsys) is a portal for federal publications of all types. A similar official portal to government information, more oriented to a popular audience, is FDsys will replace GPO Access as the GPO's official system of record in 2011.
    • FedStats
      A portal for all sorts of statistical data from federal Web sites. To search for Minnesota data: Select Minnesota from the menu under "MapStats" for state statistics; you may also limit by Minnesota county or city.
    • Food Environment Atlas
      From the U.S. Department of Agriculture, this site provides county-level statistics on food choices, health and well-being, and community characteristics.
    • Health, United States
      Annual report on trends in health statistics. Published by the National Center for Health Statistics.
    • Healthy People 2010
      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.
    • Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
      The CDC's primary vehicle for scientific publication of public health information and recommendations. The data in the weekly MMWR are provisional, based on weekly reports to CDC by state health departments.
    • National Institutes of Health (NIH)
      Part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the NIH is the primary Federal agency for conducting and supporting medical research.
    • Statistical Abstract of the United States
      Washington, D.C. : Government Printing Office 1879-present
      This is perhaps the single most useful small package of statistical information available. It includes hundreds of tables of figures on population, economics, social factors, etc., with references to the original sources. An index to the tables provide essay access. A web version can be found at
      • Location(s): Ready Reference HA 202 .A2
    • United States Census Bureau
      The source for statistical data collected by the United States government on the U.S. population. Browse or search by topic or click "QuickFacts" for state and county profiles.
    • U.S. Department of Agriculture
      The mission of the Department of Agriculture is to provide leadership on food, agriculture, natural resources, and related issues based on sound public policy, the best available science, and efficient management. You may browse the site by subject or enter a keyword search.
    • U.S. Department of Education
      The Department of Education's mission is to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access. Website includes education research and statistics.
    • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
      The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is the principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves.
      The U.S. government's official web portal. Includes links to online government information by topic.
  • Minnesota Web Sites
  • County & Community Websites
Contacting Anna
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