Data Sources for Prevention Agenda 2019-2024 Community Assessment, Planning and Implementation

This list provides data sources that have been used to measure the progress made in the Prevention Agenda 2013-2018 priority areas. Furthermore, they have been used to gather data and information on the current health status of New York State residents and health related factors. These data sources are very useful for community health assessment and planning.

The New York State Prevention Agenda Dashboard is an interactive visual presentation of the most current Prevention Agenda tracking indicator data at state and county levels. It serves as a key source for monitoring progress that communities around the state have made with regard to meeting the Prevention Agenda 2018 objectives.
These reports provide data for 11 health measures at sub-county levels, including sub-county populations (such as race/ethnicity, age group, Medicaid status, education level) and sub-county geographies (ZIP codes and minor civil divisions where data are available). These reports can be used to assess community health needs, to plan health interventions, and specifically to identify health disparities within counties.
Community Health Indicator Reports
This site links the previous Community Health Data Set (CHDS) and Community Health Assessment Indicators (CHAI). Many new indicators have been added to this site, making a total of nearly 300 health-related indicators available. State and county trend data are available for the majority of these indicators. From here, nearly 20,000 tables, maps and trend graphs of health-related indicators are available for you to conduct community health assessment and planning. The top part of this site allows you to access to indicator data for all counties in the state by health topic areas. The bottom part of this site provides gives you access to individual county profiles of these health topic areas with direct links to county historical (trend) data.
County Health Indicators by Race/Ethnicity (CHIRE)
CHIRE provides selected public health indicators by race/ethnicity for New York State and counties. Data related to births, deaths, and hospitalizations are presented.
Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) Reports
This site links to BRFSS summary reports by selected health topics.
Division of Chronic Disease Prevention: Information for Action Reports
The Information for Action (IFA) is a one-page communication that provides relevant data to mobilize public health action. Each IFA includes a take home message, quick facts containing relevant data to support the take home message, language describing a public health opportunity and contact information. Data used in an IFA may come from the BRFSS, SPARCS, Vital Records or other population-based surveillance data systems
County/ZIP Code Perinatal Data Profile
Vital statistics data from a three-year period are used to create ZIP code based tables of commonly requested perinatal data. Tables for individual counties are provided.
Leading Causes of Death in New York State
The New York State Leading Causes of Death Dashboard is an interactive presentation of the five leading causes of death and premature death in New York State, by age, gender, race/ethnicity, region, and county. Data are available for almost a decade. The tables can also be expanded to show the seven leading causes. The dashboard also presents life expectancy in New York State, by age and gender, for the past decade.
Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Dashboard
The Maternal, Woman and Child health (MCH) 2020 Dashboard was developed as part of the New York State's Title V MCH Services Block grant. It is comprised of National and State selected performance measures to support the assessment of needs and to monitor progress towards improving the health of New York State residents and reducing health disparities, specifically for women, infants, children and adolescents including children and youth with special health care needs. The Dashboard integrates data from multiple sources, includes State and county-level, socio-economic, race/ethnicity and historic data. The measures are presented visually as trend graphs, bar charts, maps and tables, and compare change over time and as related to 2020 MCH objectives.
New York State 2017 Health Equity Reports
The New York State 2017 Health Equity Reports present data on health outcomes, demographics, and other community characteristics for select cities and towns with a 40% or greater non-White population throughout New York State. Each town or city specific report contains data associated with the priority areas of the Prevention Agenda, as well as social determinant indicators such as housing, educational attainment and insurance coverage.
Opioid-Related Data
In response to the growing opioid public health crisis and recommendations to improve the timeliness of reporting opioid-related data, this site is designed to provide relevant comprehensive and useful information. This includes timely data about opioid use and misuse, nonfatal and fatal overdose, treatment of opioid use disorder (OUD), quarterly and annual reports, Data to Action reports, and more.
Vital Statistics (births, pregnancies, deaths)
This site provides annual reports containing data tables and charts presenting information extracted from birth, death and fetal death certificates. Data such as pregnancies and births by age, race/ethnicity, educational attainment and birthweight as well as deaths by selected causes, race and age are included. Data are presented for New York State by county. Limited statistics are available for school districts and cities and villages with populations of 10,000 or more.
Asthma Surveillance Data
Asthma surveillance data includes lifetime and current asthma prevalence by selected socio-demographic groups for the United States and New York State. In addition, hospital discharge and emergency department (ED) visit data from the Statewide Planning and Research Cooperative System (SPARCS) are also available at the state, county and ZIP code level. Data on county-specific asthma death rates, both crude and age-adjusted, are available by region within New York State as well.
Cancer Registry
Cancer indicators are provided for both incidence and mortality by county, New York State and New York City. Site (body) of the cancer is available by the above geographical areas and by males and females.
Expanded (County Level) Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System
The Expanded Risk Factor Surveillance System (Expanded BRFSS) augments the , which is conducted annually in New York State. The Expanded BRFSS collected county-specific data on preventive health practices, risk behaviors, injuries and preventable chronic and infectious diseases. This survey was conducted in New York State during 2002-2003 and 2008-2009.
New York State Pregnancy Risk Assessment monitoring System (PRAMS)
The Pregnancy Risk Assessment monitoring System (PRAMS) is an ongoing telephone and mail survey of mothers who have recently had a baby. PRAMS collects information from mothers about behaviors and experiences before, during and after pregnancy. This website contains a series of tables and charts containing PRAMS statistics for New York State, New York City and New York State (excluding New York City).
The New York City Community Health Profiles capture the health of 59 community districts across the city. The most comprehensive reports of neighborhood health ever produced, they look beyond traditional health measures to define a broader picture of neighborhood health including conditions such as housing quality, air pollution, and types of food accessible. Community Health Profiles provide valuable information on significant health issues and can serve as a critical resource for improving health, community by community, and marks a step towards participatory public health.
The Environmental Public Health Tracking (EPHT) Program focuses on tracking environmental and health patterns and trends. Use this site to view county-level maps, charts and tables for select environmental health, hazard and exposure indicators and learn more about environmental health topics.
Report on Managed Care Plans Performance in New York State
The reports provide information on health plan performance with respect to primary and preventive health care, access to health care, behavioral health and enrollee satisfaction. Data is provided for commercial and government-sponsored managed care. Enrollment reports show the level of consumer participation in various types of managed care plans.
Medicaid Redesign Team Health Disparities Work Group Data and Information
The Medicaid Redesign Team page provides data and information on health disparities among persons from different race/ethnic groups. Data by race/ethnicity are presented for health related indicators and socioeconomic factors.
This newly published data builds on a wealth of data files and data visualizations currently available on Health Data NY. DOH will continue to publish data to the site on a regular basis. The Health Data NY site, supported by DOH's Maximizing Essential Tools for Research Innovation and eXcellence (METRIX) Project, is the only known open data site in the United States devoted solely to state health data accompanied by targeted public health messaging, extensive metadata and customized visualizations. Health Data NY not only provides raw data, but allows health care providers, researchers, legislators, advocates, academics, and the general public to analyze and download valuable health data in a variety of formats; review comprehensive metadata; create visualizations of the data; embed data and visualizations into their respective web sites with automatic refreshes from health.data.ny.gov; utilize Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) to build mobile applications; and share data and visualizations through popular social media tools like Twitter and Facebook.
Hospital-Acquired Infection Reporting System
Healthcare-associated infections are a major public health problem. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there were an estimated 1.7 million healthcare-associated infections and 99,000 deaths from those infections in 20021. A recent CDC report estimated the annual medical costs of healthcare-associated infections to U.S. hospitals to be between $28 and $45 billion, adjusted to 2007 dollars.2
Sexually Transmitted Diseases Data and Statistics
The term sexually transmitted disease is used to cover the more than 25-30 infectious organisms that are spread through sexual activity. STDs are almost always spread from person to person by sexual activity. These infections are most easily spread by vaginal or anal intercourse, and sometimes by oral sex. Some STDs can also be spread through blood, particularly among intravenous (IV) drug users who may be sharing drug equipment (needles, syringes, or "works"). In addition, pregnant women with STDs may pass their infection to infants in the uterus (womb), during birth, or through breast-feeding.
The New York State Department of Health, AIDS Institute has lead responsibility for coordinating state programs, services and activities relating to HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and hepatitis C.

Other External Data Sources

The CDC Community Health Improvement Navigator (CHI Navigator) is a website for people who lead or participate in CHI work within hospitals and health systems, public health agencies, and other community organizations.
Promoting healthier communities is greatly enhanced by information on the health status of the population and information on a range of modifiable factors that have the potential to influence health outcomes. The Community Health Status Indicators (CHSI) 2015 is an online web application that produces health status profiles for each county.
A key feature of CHSI 2015 is the ability for users to compare the value of each indicator with those of demographically similar "peer counties," as well as to the U.S. as a whole, and to HP 2020 targets
CDC's Interactive Atlas of Heart Disease and Stroke, an online mapping tool, documents geographic disparities in heart disease and stroke by race/ethnicity, gender, and age.
The U.S. Census Bureau webpage provides links by topic, geography or data system or survey to a vast array of information available from the U.S. Census.
The Census Bureau, through American Fact Finder, provides access to data from the Decennial Census, American Community Survey, Annual Population Estimates Program and other economic and business-related surveys. The Fact Finder data system allows a user to search for data by topic, geography (state, county, town, and city), race/ethnic groups and industrial codes.
The U.S. Census Bureau's Small Area Health Insurance Estimates (SAHIE) program produces timely estimates for all counties and states by detailed demographic and income groups. The SAHIE program produces single-year estimates of health insurance coverage for every county in the U.S. The estimates are model-based and consistent with the American Community Survey (ACS). They are based on an "area-level" model that uses survey estimates for domains of interest, rather than individual responses. The estimates are "enhanced" with administrative data, within a Hierarchical Bayesian framework. SAHIE data can be used to analyze geographic variation in health insurance coverage, as well as disparities in coverage by race/ethnicity, sex, age and income levels that reflect thresholds for state and federal assistance programs. Because consistent estimates are available from 2008 to 2012, SAHIE reflects annual changes over time.
The Census Bureau produces estimates of health insurance coverage for states and counties, for children under age 19, adults ages 19-64 and the population under the age of 65.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics is the principal fact-finding agency for the Federal Government in the broad field of labor economics and statistics. See Databases, Tables & Calculators by Subject,
Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates (SAIPE) are produced for school districts, counties, and states. The main objective of this program is to provide updated estimates of income and poverty statistics for the administration of federal programs and the allocation of federal funds to local jurisdictions. Estimates for 2012 were released in December 2013. These estimates combine data from administrative records, postcensal population estimates, and the decennial census with direct estimates from the American Community Survey to provide consistent and reliable single-year estimates. These model-based single-year estimates are more reflective of current conditions than multi-year survey estimates.
The with interactive links is designed to provide easy access to the wealth of data contained in Health, United States. Interactive links, highlighted in red for links to outside websites and blue for links within the pdf, enable users to easily navigate from the Table of Contents or Highlights to tables, and then to information and resources in the Appendixes. Each chartbook figure and trend table includes a link to the Adobe PDF and Excel spreadsheet version of the table. In the spreadsheet version, data users can perform custom analyses, create graphs, and export results to presentation software. In addition, chartbook figures are linked to PowerPoint charts.
Sortable Stats is an interactive data set comprised of behavioral risk factors and health indicators. This data set compiles state level data for the 50 states, DC, and U.S. territories from various published CDC and federal sources into a format that allows users to view, sort, and analyze data at state, regional, and national levels. This tool is intended to serve as a resource in the promotion of policy, system, and environmental changes.
The New York State Data Center webpage provides reformatted census data and other economic information for NYS and NYS counties.
Healthy People 2010 provided 10-year national objectives for promoting health and preventing disease. CDC developed a data system to track all 467 Healthy People 2010 objectives. The data are updated quarterly on NCHS's DATA 2010 Web site.
Healthy People 2020 is a 10 year plan for improving the Nation's health with goals and objectives for health promotion and disease prevention.
This webpage is a general source for national health statistics, research and information:


The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) is the world's largest, on-going telephone health survey system, tracking health conditions and risk behaviors in the United States yearly since 1984. Currently, data are collected monthly in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Guam.
The Youth Online data system gives users the ability to analyze national, state, and local Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) data. Data from high school surveys can be filtered and sorted on the basis of race/ethnicity, sex, grade, or location. The user can create customized tables and graphs, and perform statistical tests by location and health topic.
PRAMS is a surveillance project of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state health departments. PRAMS collects state-specific, population-based data on maternal attitudes and experiences before, during, and shortly after pregnancy.
The Chronic Disease Indicators (CDI) is a cross-cutting set of 97 indicators that were developed by consensus and that allows states and territories and large metropolitan areas to uniformly define, collect, and report chronic disease data that are important to public health practice and available for states, territories and large metropolitan areas. Indicators are available for New York State, New York City, and the counties of Erie, Monroe, Nassau, and Suffolk.
New York State motor vehicle crash data are compiled by the DMV from the crash reports submitted by police agencies and by motorists. Data are reported by the DMV after one full year has been compiled. Numbers for population and road miles are obtained from other government agencies. Ticket data are presented for the three years 2010-2012. Four summary reports provide crash data for 2010-2012. The four crash reports provide data for 1) all crashes, 2) alcohol-related crashes, 3) speed-related crashes, and 4) motorcycle crashes.
KWIC provides a series of indicators organized by 6 life areas to monitor children's health, education and well-being. This website provides the user with mapping and graphing capabilities as well as a data query. Data are gathered from NYS agencies including health, education, labor, criminal justice and the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance.
EpiQuery is a web-based, user-friendly system designed to provide users with health data from a variety of sources. EpiQuery Modules are based on health datasets with varying topics and indicators for different NYC populations and the system runs real-time analyses for users at the click of the mouse. EpiQuery offers prevalence estimates with confidence intervals, rates over time, bar charts and neighborhood maps, and much more.
The New York State Report Cards provide enrollment, demographic, attendance, suspension, dropout, teacher, assessment, accountability, graduation rate, post-graduate plan, career and technical education, and fiscal data for public and charter schools, districts, and the State.
A Needs Assessment is a systematic, rational process for collecting and analyzing information to describe the needs of a population. For substance abuse prevention, it allows community planners to identify the levels of risk and protective factors operating in a given community that are predictive of substance use and related problem behaviors. This information can then be used to inform policy and program planning with the goal of reducing those risk factors, while enhancing protective factors to positively impact the problem behavior. In addition, the data collected serves as a baseline for monitoring the effects of programs and community efforts to address the problem behaviors.
The County Profiles offer a consolidated, high-level view or "Dashboard" of key county community characteristics, mental health (MH) services, expenditures, and outcomes. Additional detailed information by county regarding services used, adult Medicaid expenditures, average daily inpatient census, and statistics from residential treatment are also available on this website.
America's Health RankingsTM is the longest running annual assessment of the nation's health on a state-by-state basis. The rankings are based on 44 core measures from the following four areas: behaviors, the environment, public health policies and practices and clinical care.
The County Health Rankings website provides access to 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.
These factsheets provide basic statistics and rankings regarding poverty, health, hunger, child welfare, early childhood development, education and youth at risk for children in each state.
This data includes the name, subcategory, and location of active retail tobacco vendors operating in New York State.
You can quickly research and filter active Retail Tobacco Vendors with these easy to use, interactive search and visualization cards.
Quickly research and filter the Lead Testing in School Drinking Water Sampling and Results Most Recently Reported dataset with these easy to use, interactive maps, charts and search cards.
This map displays information about registered cooling towers within New York State. The data is self-reported by owners/property managers of cooling towers in service in New York State.
This data includes the location of cooling towers registered with New York State. The data is self-reported by owners/property managers of cooling towers in service in New York State. In August 2015, the New York State Department of Health released emergency regulations requiring the owners of cooling towers to register them with New York State.
This map displays the names and locations of Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) participating day care sites and whether or not the site is Breastfeeding Friendly Certified with CACFP, participating in the Eat Well Play Hard in Child Care Settings (EWPHCCS) project, or participating in the Eat Well Play Hard in Day Care Homes (EWPHDCH) project. This dataset excludes Child and Adult Care Food Program participation provided at homeless shelters and legally-exempt day care home providers.
This dataset contains information on the names and locations of evidence-based self-management programs delivered by QTAC-NY partners, including street address, city, state, zip code, county, and Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) Program region. It also contains information about the capacity of each implementation site to deliver specific self-management programs. The data will be updated on a yearly basis. The "About" tab contains additional details concerning this dataset.
This point map shows the locations of Creating Health Places interventions. Creating Healthy Places to Live Work and Play (CHP2LWP) is a joint five year grant (October 2010 – October 2015) of New York State Department of Health’s Division of Chronic Disease Prevention and Division of Nutrition. The Purpose of the initiative is to implement community level interventions to promote healthy lifestyles to prevent obesity and type 2 diabetes. Twenty-two communities across New York State are funded to carry out this initiative. From a list of 18 policy, systems and environmental interventions, community contractors selected a minimum four to implement. The 18 interventions are grouped into five, broad activity categories. The activities include two that are related to increasing opportunities for physical activity, two that address improving nutrition, and one that addresses both physical activity and nutrition.
The point map shows where the Department of Health funded coalitions are located. A health coalition is defined as “a group involving multiple sectors of the community; coming together to identify community needs and solve community problems”. Flyouts will display specific data for the health coalition selected, including a link to the health coalition's website where additional information can be found. If multiple health coalitions are located close together in such a way that the map cannot easily distinguish between them, the points may appear on top of each other.
This map shows the locations of sites across NYS where WIC services are delivered and the locations of agencies that oversee WIC vendors (Vendor Management Associations). Each type of site is represented by a different color on the map. Temporary sites may not be located in a permanent location and may have limited hours of operation. The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) offers nutrition education, breastfeeding support, referrals and a variety of nutritious foods to low-income pregnant, breastfeeding or postpartum women, infants and children up to age five to promote and support good health.
This map shows the names, locations, and types of facilities for vendors across NYS where WIC provisions are available. The WIC Vendor Listing is compiled and published to provide WIC Participants with readily identifiable locations they can use to cash their WIC Benefits. WIC improves the health of pregnant women, new mothers and their infants and children. The foods provided through WIC are a good source of nutrients often missing from the diets of women and young children. WIC participants have longer, healthier pregnancies and fewer premature births.
The New York ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) Report is a project of the United Way network in the state. The ALICE Project was initiated by United Way of Northern New Jersey several years ago to bring focus to the families and individuals who work but whose salaries do not provide sufficient resources to meet basic needs. The ALICE Project developed a methodology using publicly available census, employment, wage, cost of living and other data to help to understand the extent of ALICE in our communities, those who are above the federal poverty level, but below a sustainable wage.