Useful Links

These links direct you to other sources that can be used to gather and analyze data, conduct policy research, evaluate programs and services, and to educate communities about their health

U.S. Census Bureau is the premier source of information about the American people and the economy. This information shapes important policy decisions that help improve the nation’s social and economic conditions. Its activities involve survey and questionnaire design, geographic infrastructure update, and data collection, processing, and dissemination.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), CDC Wonder, is a wide-ranging online data for epidemiologic research. It provides an easy-to-use, menu-driven system that makes the information resources of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) available to public health professionals and the public at large. It provides access to a wide array of public health information, including: AIDS, births, infant death, mortality, cancer, population, tuberculosis, STI mortality, and vaccine adverse event reporting.

The Guttmacher Institute aims to advance sexual and reproductive health through an interrelated program of social science research, policy analysis and public education. The Institute focuses on such topical areas as: abortion, adolescents, contraception, HIV and AIDS and STIs, men’s health, pregnancy, services and financing, sex and relationships, and technology and bioethics. In each of these topic areas the Guttmacher Institute produces and publishes fact sheets, policy papers, research articles, and statistical reports.

The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, a leader in health policy and communications, is a non-profit, private operating foundation focusing on the major health care issues facing the U.S., with a growing role in global health. This Kaiser Family Foundation produces policy analysis and research, is a clearinghouse of news and information for the health policy community, and develops large-scale public health information campaigns in the U.S. and globally.

Harvard University, School of Public Health, Department of Society, Human Development, and Health conduct research and analysis of data for the website Diversitydata.org providing Metropolitan Quality of Life Data. This project identifies metropolitan area indicators of diversity, opportunity, quality of life and health for various racial and ethnic population groups. The indicators provide a scorecard that allows researchers, policymakers, and community advocates to compare metro areas and to help them advocate for policy action and social change.

Office of Minority Health HIV/AIDS Data/Statistics, This website provides statistics about the impact that the HIV/AIDS epidemic has had on different communities of color in the United States.

The National Association of County & City Health Officials (NACCHO) is the national organization representing local health departments. NACCHO supports efforts that protect and improve the health of all people and all communities by promoting national policy, developing resources and programs, seeking health equity, and supporting effective local public health practice and systems.

CityMatCH is a freestanding national membership organization of city and county health departments’ maternal and child health (MCH) programs and leaders representing urban communities in the United States. It consists of four action groups: organization effectiveness, education and training, best practices and policy, and undoing racism.

National Association of Counties (NACo) is the only national organization that represents county governments in the United States. NACo advances issues with a unified voice before the federal government, improves the public’s understanding of county governments, assists counties in finding and sharing innovative solutions through education and research, and provides value-added services to save counties and taxpayers money.

Brookings Institution’s Metro Monitor is a quarterly measure of how 366 metropolitan economies are functioning. The Metro Monitor analyzes these metropolitan economies in three respects: employment, unemployment rate, wages, gross metropolitan product, housing prices and Real-Estate Owned Properties. The Metro Monitor is part of the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program.

Center for American Progress: Interactive Map: A New Progressive America Update. This interactive map provides data on the progressive political shift occurring in metropolitan areas around the United States.

The Avenue is a blog focused on what it means to be a metropolitan nation. A collaboration between The New Republic magazine and the Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program, it highlights local and metro innovations that should drive national and state policy.

The State of Metropolitan America. This interactive map from the Brookings Institution’s State of Metropolitan America program allows you to search many demographic and social indicators among the nation’s largest metropolitan areas.

Future of Sex Education. This website is a joint project of Advocates for Youth, Answer, and SIECUS. Started in 2007, the Future of Sex Education project works to create a national dialogue about the future of sex education and to promote the institutionalization of comprehensive sexuality education in public schools. The website includes resources, statistics, and a toolkit.

The Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) monitors priority health-risk behaviors among youth and young adults. The YRBSS includes a national school-based survey conducted by the CDC and state, territorial, tribal, and district surveys conducted by state, territorial, and local education and health agencies and tribal governments.

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