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Resources by Topic: Statistics and data

Nonfatal Drug Overdoses Treated in Emergency Departments — United States, 2016–2017
Examines nonfatal overdoses for all drugs, all opioids, nonheroin opioids, heroin, benzodiazepines, and cocaine. Looks at changes from 2016 to 2017, with data by drug type, patient, facility, and visit characteristics. Includes data by county urbanization level for metropolitan and nonmetro counties.
Author(s): Alana M. Vivolo-Kantor, Brooke E. Hoots, Lawrence Scholl, et al.
Citation: MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report), 69(13), 371-376
Date: 04/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Coronavirus (Covid-19) Data in the United States
Series of data files with cumulative counts of coronavirus cases by state and county, over time. Based on data from state and local governments and health departments collected by the New York Times. Publicly available for noncommercial public use, with attribution. Requires technical and data expertise.
Date: 04/2020
Type: Database
Sponsoring organization: New York Times
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Inpatient Stays and Emergency Department Visits Involving Traumatic Brain Injury, 2017
Examines initial and subsequent traumatic brain injury (TBI) related inpatient stays and treat-and-release emergency department (ED) visits. Includes data by location of patient residence for metropolitan, rural adjacent to metro, and rural remote areas.
Author(s): Lawrence D. Reid, Kathryn R. Fingar
Date: 03/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
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Interim Evaluation of California's Public Hospital Redesign and Incentives in Medi‐Cal (PRIME) Program
Reports on California's Public Hospital Redesign and Incentives in Medi-Cal Program (PRIME), approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to modify Medicaid programs and implement innovative delivery reforms. PRIME uses evidence-based quality improvement methods that require hospitals to establish performance baselines, institute targets for improvement, and evaluate the success of quality improvement interventions on an ongoing basis. The analysis of the program included 52 designated public hospitals and district/municipal hospitals, with 17 of the latter being Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs).
Author(s): Nadereh Pourat, Xiao Chen, Ana E. Martinez, et al.
Date: 03/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: California Department of Health Care Services, UCLA Center for Health Policy Research
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Hospital Readiness for COVID-19: Analysis of Bed Capacity and How It Varies Across the Country
Examines the distribution of hospital beds at the county-level in order to help local officials identify areas with the greatest need for inpatient beds during the COVID-19 outbreak. Discusses the development of an interactive county-by-county map to display hospital bed capacity. Highlights differences in capacity between nonprofit versus for-profit hospitals and rural versus urban hospitals. Provides recommendations for increasing hospitals' surge capacity.
Additional links: Understanding Hospital Bed Capacities Nationwide amid COVID-19
Author(s): Fredric Blavin, Diane Amos
Date: 03/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Urban Institute
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Confirmed COVID-19 Cases, Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Counties
Identifies metro and nonmetro counties with one or more confirmed cases of COVID-19. Data will be updated frequently.
Additional links: Animated Map: Counties with COVID-19 Cases, Progression Over Time
Author(s): Fred Ullrich, Keith Mueller
Date: 03/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis
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COVID-19 Cases in Appalachia Map
Map depicts the cases of COVID-19 in Appalachia, as well as the rest of the country for comparison. Highlights confirmed cases and deaths by county.
Date: 03/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Appalachian Regional Commission
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Selecting Rural Data in data.census.gov
Step-by-step guide showing two methods for selecting rural data from the U.S. Census Bureau's data.census.gov tool, which provides access to a wide range of statistics describing the U.S. population. Shows how to easily identify data for use in rural health grant applications, community health needs assessments, and more.
Date: 03/2020
Type: Presentation Slides
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Deaths Exceeded Births in Nearly Half of U.S. Counties Last Year
Reports on counties where deaths have exceeded births. Includes a map showing counties in which births exceeded deaths from 2010 through 2019 for all years, 5-8 years, 1-4 years, or no years.
Date: 03/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Carsey School of Public Policy
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Patterns and Characteristics of Methamphetamine Use Among Adults — United States, 2015–2018
Reports on methamphetamine use rates in the U.S. and identifies characteristics associated with past-year methamphetamine use. Includes data on past-year meth use by county of residence for large metropolitan, small metro, and nonmetro counties.
Author(s): Christopher M. Jones, Wilson M. Compton, Desiree Mustaquim
Citation: MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report), 69(12), 317-323
Date: 03/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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