Resources for Public Health Data

Kansas County and State Data
The best approaches to addressing the specific health needs of the community or service area are based on population health data. The following references may help locate data for evaluating specific community needs.

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) which is coordinated and partially funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the BRFSS is the largest continuously conducted telephone survey in the world. It is conducted in every state, the District of Columbia, and several US territories. Kansas conducts the BRFSS survey annually.

Community Health Status Indicators (CHSI) provides an overview of key health indicators for local communities and to encourage dialogue about actions that can be taken to improve a community´s health. The CHSI report contains over 200 measures for each of the 3,141 United States counties. The data used to construct the Community Health Status Indicators (CHSI) were obtained from a variety of federal agencies including the Department of Health and Human Services, Environmental Protection Agency, Census Bureau, and Department of Labor. The data reported are publicly available data.

Kansas Center for Community Economic Development (KCCED) purpose is to extend the application of university expertise in economic development and reinforce local capacities for advancing economic development among Kansas communities. The staff conducts research relating to rural community economic development, provides educational programs and training through conferences and workshops, and offers technical assistance to communities on economic development matters. Services are provided on a contract basis, including data analysis and on-site strategic planning facilitation.

Kansas Health Matters is a one stop source of non-biased data and information about community health in Kansas. It is intended to help hospitals, health departments, policy makers, community planners and members learn about issues, identify improvements and collaborate for positive change.

Kansas Information for Communities (KIC) system gives users the chance to prepare their own queries for vital event and other health care data. KIC programs allow you to generate your own table for specific characteristics, year of occurrence, age, race, sex, and county.

Kansas Rural Health Works (KRHW) is a resource dedicated to helping rural communities build affordable and sustainable local health care systems. KRHW is funded through the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (ORHP). KRHW has expanded public awareness of the importance of the economic impact of the health care sector and to stress health care´s critical role in rural development. KRHW has provided information to support local decision-makers in rural communities to become proactive and intricately involved in planning and supporting their local health systems. The ultimate objective has been to maintain local health care services, including critical access hospitals, to result in healthier rural communities and economies.

KIDS COUNT is a joint project of the Annie E. Casey Foundation and Kansas Action for Children which provides statistical data on the education, health and economic well-being of Kansas children and their families. Utilizing KIDS COUNT data allows policymakers and community leaders to make data-driven decisions that will provide a better future for our state´s youngest citizens

Maternal and Child Health State Needs Assessment of Kansas is a five year needs assessment, referred to as MCH2010 because it covers the period of federal fiscal years 2006 to 2010, and has resulted in an identification of priority needs for the maternal and child health population.

National Association for Community Health Centers (NACHC) provides a brief description of what health centers are, and the most recent state-level data available for health center patients, services provided, staff, patient visits, and costs of care.

National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) is the principal source of information on the health of the civilian non-institutionalized population of the United States and is one of the major data collection programs of the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) which is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Survey results have been instrumental in providing data to track health status, health care access, and progress toward achieving national health objectives.

Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates (SAIPE) is a current estimates of selected income and poverty statistics than the most recent decennial census for states, counties, and school districts. The objective of this program is to provide updated estimates of income and poverty statistics for administration of federal programs and the allocation of federal funds to local jurisdictions.

Quick Links:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Data and Statistics |

Data for Cities in Kansas and additional city information |

Kansas Annual Summary of Vital Statistics |

Kansas Quick Census by selection cities or counties |

Race and Hispanic Ethnicity by County |

State Health Facts provided by the Kaiser Family Foundation |

STD Statistics |