CT Open Data Guide: Health

DataHaven Resources

Some of our most popular resources for health data include:

  1. DataHaven Community Wellbeing Survey - survey of over 16,000 randomly-selected adults throughout CT; questions related to public health, social determinants of health, and health care access provide local-level data about Connecticut communities that are not available from any other source.

  2. Greater New Haven Community Index - and other reports that DataHaven has published in recent years. These can be found in the Reports section of the DataHaven website, and some of them also serve as Community Health Needs Assessments for hospitals located throughout Connecticut.

  3. DataHaven Community and Neighborhood Profiles - by area, town and neighborhood. We are currently updating this resource; please contact us if you can't find the profile you need.

Some of our favorite outside sources of health data

  1. Datasets available from CMS and other Federal agencies. Charles Ornstein at ProPublica maintains a guide, a copy of which (as of December 2016) is posted here: http://ctdatahaven.org/data-resources/new-ecosystem-health-data-keeps-getting-bigger-tipsheet-public-health-datasets

  2. Strategies to Prevent Childhood Obesity - RWJF. http://www.rwjf.org/childhoodobesity/product.jsp?id=47908 . This document contains policy priorities identified by the Institute of Medicine.

  3. County Health Rankings: http://www.countyhealthrankings.org/ The County Health Rankings are a key component of the Mobilizing Action Toward Community Health (MATCH) project. MATCH is a collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. The web site provides access to the 50 state reports, ranking each county within the 50 states according to its health outcomes and the multiple health factors that determine a county’s health. Each county receives a summary rank for its health outcomes and health factors and also for the four different types of health factors: health behaviors, clinical care, social and economic factors, and the physical environment. Each county can also drill down to see specific county-level data (as well as state benchmarks) for the measures upon which the rankings are based.

  4. CT Department of Public Health: Vital Statistics Reports http://www.ct.gov/dph/cwp/view.asp?a=3132&q=394598&dphNav_GID=1601&dphPNavCtr=%7C#46987 The Office of Vital Records at the Connecticut Department of Public Health maintains a statewide registry of births, marriages, civil unions, deaths and fetal deaths which have occurred in CT or to CT residents. Vital Records databases are analyzed annually to create statistical reports, known as Registration Reports, for births, deaths, fetal deaths, marriages, and divorces.

  5. U.S. City Wellbeing Tracking (Gallup, 2011) http://www.gallup.com/poll/145913/City-Wellbeing-Tracking.aspx Explore results by U.S. metropolitan area for overall wellbeing, diabetes, obesity, frequent exercise, frequent produce consumption, city optimism, and the uninsured based on Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index data from 2010, 2009, and 2008.

  6. National Vital Statistics Reports (National Center for Health Statistics, CDC) http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/products/nvsr.htm Tables of vital statistics by state and population groups, including preliminary data on births.

  7. Report: Addressing Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Low Birthweight for Connecticut (CTDPH Health Disparities Workgroup, 2008) http://www.ct.gov/dph/lib/dph/family_health/health_disparities_in_lbw_final_report_10_1_08.pdf Report on the infant health disparity between minority groups and non-Hispanic Whites. Recommends improved services plus development of measures for addressing psychosocial factors in women’s lives.

  8. CT Department of Public Health: Connecticut Health Disparities Report (2009) http://www.ct.gov/dph/cwp/view.asp?a=3132&q=433794 Detailed data compendium that describes health disparities within the State.

  9. Kids Count, at http://datacenter.kidscount.org/, is a data tool of the Annie E. Casey Foundation. It maintains an extensive list of indicators related to demographic, economic, education, health, and community well-being of children. Users can also download publications on various topics related to childhood.

  10. Connecticut Voices for Children publishes many reports on early childcare, education, and child health and wellbeing, at http://www.ctvoices.org/publications. Use the filters to browse reports by issue area, contributor, or publication date.

  11. American FactFinder, at http://factfinder.census.gov/, is an online portal to selected U.S. Census Bureau data sets, including those on school enrollment by age, educational attainment, private school enrollment, and other education topics. Please contact DataHaven if you have trouble finding what you need on this expansive site.

View additional data sources on childhood and education, including maps and links to external sources, on our Data Resources page. Or contact us to suggest other sources we should feature.