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The BRFSS is an ongoing national data collection program designed to measure behavioral risk factors in the adult, non-institutionalized, civilian population. The BRFSS was initiated in 1984 when 15 states collected data on risk behaviors through telephone interviews. The number of states participating in the survey has increased so that by 1994, 50 states, the District of Columbia, and three territories were included in the BRFSS. The objective of the BRFSS is to use uniform procedures to collect state-specific data on preventive health practices and risk behaviors associated with chronic diseases, injuries, and preventive infectious diseases. Factors assessed include seat belt use, tobacco use, physical activity, diet, and use of cancer screening services. Data are collected from a random sample of adults through monthly telephone surveys.
Health, United States presents national trends in health statistics on such topics as birth and death rates, infant mortality, life expectancy, morbidity and health status, risk factors, use of ambulatory and inpatient care, health personnel and facilities, financing of health care, health insurance and managed care, and other health topics.
An international consortium of about 700 academic institutions and research organizations, ICPSR provides leadership and training in data access, curation, and methods of analysis for the social science research community. ICPSR maintains a data archive of more than 500,000 files of research in the social sciences. It hosts 16 specialized collections of data in education, aging, criminal justice, substance abuse, terrorism, and other fields.
KIDS COUNT is a national and state-by-state effort to track the well-being of children in the United States. By providing high-quality data and trend analysis, KIDS COUNT seeks to enrich local, state, and national discussions concerning ways to secure better futures for all children — and to raise the visibility of children's issues through a nonpartisan, evidence-based lens.
The National Longitudinal Surveys (NLS) are a set of surveys designed to gather information at multiple points in time on the labor market activities and other significant life events of several groups of men and women. For more than 4 decades, NLS data have served as an important tool for economists, sociologists, and other researchers.
The National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG) is designed and administered by NCHS, in collaboration with several other federal agencies. The NSFG has been conducted 7 times since 1973. The purpose of the survey is to produce national estimates of: 1) factors affecting pregnancy, including sexual activity, contraceptive use, and infertility; 2) the medical care associated with contraception, infertility, and childbirth; 3) factors affecting marriage, divorce, cohabitation, and adoption; 4) adoption and caring for nonbiological children; 5) father involvement behaviors; and 6) men’s and women’s attitudes about sex, childbearing, and marriage.
For each round of data collection, national samples of men and women 15-44 years of age were interviewed in person in their own homes. Analysis can be done for the four major census regions (northeast, midwest, south, and west) and for metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas. The NSFG contains information on demographics, sexual activity, contraception, family planning, pregnancy, birth expectations, adoption, and health history, among others. See also NSFG, Cycles 1-5.
This database contains maternal and child health information collected by telephone interview from women between the ages of 15 and 44. The majority of these women were interviewed in person in 1998 as part of the NSFG, Cycle IV; however, a number of first-time interviews were conducted for women between the ages of 15 and 17, who had turned 15 in the two and a half years since the 1988 interview. The NSFG contains information on demographics, sexual activity, contraception, family planning, pregnancy, adoption, health history, and AIDS knowledge.
The 1973-1995 National Surveys of Family Growth contain maternal and child health information. For each round of data collection, national samples of women 15-44 years of age were interviewed in person in their own homes. Analysis can be done for the four major census regions (northeast, midwest, south, and west) and for metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas. The NSFG contains information on demographics, sexual activity, contraception, family planning, pregnancy, adoption, health history, and AIDS knowledge.
The State of Aging and Health in America report assesses the health status and health behaviors of U.S. adults aged 65 years and older and makes recommendations to improve the mental and physical health of all Americans in their later years. The report includes national- and state-based report cards that examine 15 key indicators of older adult health, Calls to Action which recommend strategies to improve the health and quality of life of older adults, and state examples that highlight innovative healthy aging efforts at the state and community level.
The Global Health Observatory (GHO) data repository provides access to over 50 datasets on priority health topics including mortality and burden of diseases, the Millennium Development Goals (child nutrition, child health, maternal and reproductive health, immunization, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, neglected diseases, water and sanitation), non communicable diseases and risk factors, epidemic-prone diseases, health systems, environmental health, violence and injuries, equity among others. In addition, the GHO provides on-line access to WHO's annual summary of health-related data for its 194 Member states: the World Health Statistics 2011. Many of these datasets represent the best estimates of WHO using methodologies for specific indicators that aim for comparability across countries and time; they are updated as more recent or revised data become available, or when there are changes to the methodology being used. Therefore, they are not always the same as official national estimates, although WHO whenever possible will provide Member States the opportunity review and comment on data and estimates as part of country consultations. Please check the Indicator and Measurement Registry for indicator specific information.
The Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) monitors six types of health-risk behaviors that contribute to the leading causes of death and disability among youth and adults, including: 1) Behaviors that contribute to unintentional injuries and violence, 2) Sexual behaviors that contribute to unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV infection, 3) Alcohol and other drug use, 4) Tobacco use, 5) Unhealthy dietary behaviors, and 6) Inadequate physical activity. YRBSS also measures the prevalence of obesity and asthma among youth and young adults. YRBSS includes a national school-based survey conducted by CDC and state, territorial, tribal, and local surveys conducted by state, territorial, and local education and health agencies and tribal governments.