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Resources by Topic: Statistics and data

Regional Forum Findings: A Component of the 2019 State Health Assessment
Reports on findings from five regional forums and an online survey of rural Appalachian and non-Appalachian, suburban, and urban counties in Ohio to inform the state health assessment and the state health improvement plan. Includes information on strengths, positive trends, challenges, negative trends, and priorities by rural and urban counties.
Additional links: Executive Summary
Author(s): Amy Bush Stevens, Hailey Akah
Date: 12/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Health Policy Institute of Ohio
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Drug, Opioid-Involved, and Heroin-Involved Overdose Deaths Among American Indians and Alaska Natives — Washington, 1999–2015
Reports on trends and disparities in drug, opioid-involved, and heroin-involved overdose mortality rates for American Indians/Alaska Natives (AI/ANs) and non-Hispanic whites in Washington state. Includes data on total overdose deaths for AI/ANs and whites by county of residence for metropolitan and nonmetro counties.
Author(s): Sujata Joshi, Thomas Weiser, Victoria Warren-Mears
Citation: MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report), 67(50), 1384-1387
Date: 12/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Health Care, Family, and Community Factors Associated with Mental, Behavioral, and Developmental Disorders and Poverty Among Children Aged 2–8 Years — United States, 2016
Examines parental reports of mental, behavioral, and developmental disorders in children 2-8 years of age, comparing children in higher-income households with those in lower-income households. Includes data by urban/rural community status for urban, large rural, small rural, and isolated areas.
Author(s): Robyn A. Cree, Rebecca H. Bitsko, Lara R. Robinson, et al.
Citation: MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report), 67(50), 1377-1383
Date: 12/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Red Flags and Warning Signs Ignored: Opioid Distribution and Enforcement Concerns in West Virginia
Report highlights a U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce investigation into the opioid crisis in West Virginia. Examines the policies of the various drug distribution companies who shipped opioids into the state, as well as the effectiveness of the Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) oversight.
Date: 12/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: House Energy and Commerce Committee
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New Mexico Substance Use Epidemiology Profile
Provides county-level data on substance use in New Mexico for youth and adults, with breakdowns by race/ethnicity. Covers alcohol, illicit drugs, tobacco, and mental health. Addresses deaths due to drug overdoses, smoking, alcohol, and suicide, and emergency room visits related to opioid overdoses.
Date: 12/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: New Mexico Department of Health
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Methods Used to Enable Interoperability among U.S. Non-Federal Acute Care Hospitals in 2017
Analyzes 2017 American Hospital Association IT Supplement survey data to describes the methods used by acute care hospitals in the U.S. to support interoperability. Discusses hospital participation in health information networks by hospital size and location. Includes information on the rates of small, rural, and Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) use of non-electronic methods to exchanging patient health information with partners outside their hospital system.
Author(s): Christian Johnson, Yuriy Pylypchuk, Vaishali Patel
Date: 12/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology
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Overview of U.S. Hospital Stays in 2016: Variation by Geographic Region
Examines hospital inpatient stays in 2016 in the nine U.S. Census divisions. Includes data by location of patient residence for metropolitan, micropolitan, and noncore areas.
Author(s): William J. Freeman, Audrey J. Weiss, Kevin C. Heslin
Date: 12/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
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America’s Health Rankings Annual Report 2018
Provides a national and state-by-state overview of population health by analyzing 35 measures to describe health outcomes in the U.S. Provides rural specific information and statistics by residence, obesity, excessive alcohol use, physical inactivity, smoking, diabetes, health status, mental and physical distress.
Additional links: Executive Summary
Date: 12/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: United Health Foundation
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Alaska Facts and Figures: 2017 Alaska Resident Leading Causes of Inpatient Hospitalization
Describes the number and rate of leading causes of hospitalization by clinical classification for Alaska residents in 2017 by gender, race, age group, and public health region. Includes data on the leading fifteen hospitalization billed charges.
Date: 12/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Alaska Division of Public Health
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