Find and Visualize Health Data
Health professionals often need to locate health statistics and data and to visualize that data in chart, graph, or map format. The following resources related to health data, statistics, and data visualization may be useful.
Learn about Health Statistics
- 2010 Census Data: The most detailed information available from the 2010 Census about a community's entire population, including cross-tabulations of age, sex, households, families, relationship to householder, housing units, detailed race and Hispanic or Latino origin groups, and group quarters (https://www.census.gov/population/www/cen2010/glance/)
- Healthdata.gov: Comprehensive catalog of health-related data sets relevant to all aspects of health, for a broad array of users, supplied by a wide range of federal agencies, and available for free (https://www.healthdata.gov/search/type/dataset)
- CDC Data Resources: Reference list of nationally funded data systems with a relationship to environmental public health; highlights the major data systems with a national scope where public health and environmental data can be directly downloaded (https://www.cdc.gov/nceh/data.htm)
- Visualize Toxic Chemical Data: Use NLM TOXMAP to visualize locations of US EPA Toxics Release Inventory facilities, US Superfund sites, Environment Canada's National Pollutant Release Inventory sites, US nuclear plants, and EPA coal plants. Additional layers of US census and health data can be added to the map. https://toxmap.nlm.nih.gov
- Learn How to Create Maps with Low/No Cost Tools: Use NLM Community Health Maps to learn about free and low cost methods for collecting field data, combining field data with other organizational data, and visualizing the data through online mapping tools. https://communityhealthmaps.nlm.nih.gov/