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Raw Data vs. Statistics
Before diving into the data access options available from the CDC, first consider what kind of data you are looking for: raw data or statistics.
- Statistics are processed data derived from raw data and are usually presented in a human readable format.
- Statistics are already weighted and can be used as is in a research paper by displaying a table of variables and values, or quoting a statistic, like “During August 2020–February 2021, the percentage of adults with recent symptoms of an anxiety or a depressive disorder increased from 36.4% to 41.5%.” (Vahratian A, Blumberg SJ, Terlizzi EP, Schiller JS. Symptoms of Anxiety or Depressive Disorder and Use of Mental Health Care Among Adults During the COVID-19 Pandemic — United States, August 2020–February 2021. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2021;70:490–494. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.mm7013e2)
This guide was put together to offer quick access to some of the resources that gather statistics and data related to diseases and health related concerns. Categories were assigned to assist in determining which type or location might work best for your research need. Additional resources and recommendations for this guide are welcome.
Citing Statistics Resources
Licensed products through Temple Libraries
IPUMS provides census and survey data from around the world integrated across time and space. Researchers can study change, conduct comparative research, merge information across data types, and analyze individuals within family and community context.
Community Health Database (CHDB) Tool
The PHMC CHDB Tool allows users to do queries of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Household Health Survey by geographic region (county, ZIP code), key health indicators, and demographic characteristics (race/ethnicity, age, gender, health insurance status, poverty status).
Community Health Database (CHDB) Data Portal
Philadelphia Health Management Corporation’s (PHMC) CHDB Data Portal allows users to download CHDB data sets, codebooks, and survey instruments. Temple has access to Southeastern Pennsylvania Household Health Survey data files from 1998-2018/2019. Specifically 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2015, and 2018/2019 and the demographic product files. Files are available in SPSS (.sav).
New resources or hot topics.
Social Determinants of Health Database (Beta Version)
A new online resource from AHRQ gives researchers access for the first time to a family of data files on social determinants of health.
Health Equity: Special Feature on Housing and Health Inequalities
October 14, 2020
The Health Resources and Services Administration, through the agency's Office of Health Equity, today released the HRSA 2019-2020 Health Equity Report: Special Feature on Housing and Health Inequalities. The report indicates substantial progress has been made nationally for all Americans in vital indicators including life expectancy, cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, and influenza and pneumonia; while health inequities between population groups and geographic areas persist.