Data & Statistics
Did You Know? is a weekly feature from the Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support to inform your prevention activities. We invite you to read, share, and take action!
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April 29, 2016
- Birth facilities that support breastfeeding can increase the likelihood that new mothers will start and continue breastfeeding, which can improve the child’s health.
- Data from CDC’s Prevention Status Reports show that in many states, birth facilities are improving breastfeeding support; in 2015, 15 states rated “green” on their breastfeeding support practices, up from only 5 states in 2013.
- You can see how your state rates on policies and practices to address nutrition and other important health concerns in the latest Prevention Status Reports.
February 26, 2016
- The burden of heart disease and stroke varies substantially from county to county.
- CDC’s Interactive Atlas of Heart Disease and Stroke, an online mapping tool, documents geographic disparities in heart disease and stroke by race/ethnicity, gender, and age.
- You can create and share maps of your communities and export data for heart disease and stroke, healthcare services, socioeconomic conditions, and more.
September 25, 2015
- A new annual report from the Community Preventive Services Task Force outlines proven strategies to prevent cancers [PDF–2.3MB] and identifies where more research and programs are still needed.
- The report highlights the huge burden of cancer—including medical costs, productivity losses, and individual suffering and death—and features stories from the field about how communities have successfully used the Task Force’s recommendations.
- Communities, worksites, schools, and healthcare systems can use evidence-based interventions recommended by the Task Force to help reduce cancer and other causes of disease, disability, and death.
August 28, 2015
- Even though adults in Fulton County, GA are less likely to smoke (13.2%) and be obese (21.7%) than adults in similar counties, their death rate from strokes (47.2 per 100,000) is comparatively high.
- Low county-level poverty rates such as those in Allegheny County, PA (12.7%) can mask concentrated neighborhood hot spots where nearly 70% of households fall below the federal poverty level.
- You can find results like these for your county or parish—and 3,142 others nationwide―by searching CDC's Community Health Status Indicators 2015 website.
October 31, 2014
- The CDC National Health Report 2014 finds Americans are living longer than ever, but unhealthy behaviors and related risks continue to compromise their health.
- With 1 in 4 adults smoking and 1 in 3 adults obese, heart disease and cancer [PDF-3.2MB] remain the top two causes of death in the US.
- You can use the National Health Report dashboards to view our nation’s progress for 18 different health issues and find tools to drive success.
June 27, 2014
- New Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) results reveal that smoking rates among US high school students have dropped to 15.7 percent, the lowest level recorded since the student survey began in 1991.
- YRBS findings show significant declines in physical fighting [PDF-2MB] during the past 20 years; fighting on school property declined by half.
- You can use YRBS data to compare state, local, and national risk behavior rates and read fact sheets about alcohol use, drug use, obesity, sexual risk behaviors, and other youth health risk behaviors.
January 31, 2014
- Big changes are coming on October 1, 2014, when the US will replace ICD-9-CM with ICD-10 code sets—a system used for classifying health conditions and in-hospital procedures.
- This change has implications for the way public health officials monitor trends [PDF – 168 KB] in diseases, injuries, healthcare visits, and hospital inpatient procedures.
- Public health entities should find out if their organization is affected and access helpful resources to plan for the transition by visiting CDC’s ICD-10 Transition website.
January 24, 2014
- Higher excise taxes increase the price of cigarettes, which can help discourage youth and young adults from starting to smoke. The average state excise tax on cigarettes is $1.48 per pack.
- As of June 30, 2013, 26 states and the District of Columbia had comprehensive smoke-free laws that protect nonsmokers from secondhand smoke in restaurants, worksites, and bars.
- For more information about the status of policies and practices relating to tobacco and 9 other public health topics in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, check out CDC’s 2013 Prevention Status Reports.
July 19, 2013
- For 25 years, CDC’s Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) has been providing state-specific data about the health of women before, during, and after pregnancy.
- Forty states and New York City now participate in PRAMS, representing about 78% of all US live births.
- States are using PRAMS data to improve mother and child health, supporting initiatives to help women start and continue breastfeeding.
June 21, 2013
- CDC Stacks is a free, digital library of CDC scientific research and literature, compiling more than 10,000 publications on a range of public health topics.
- Users can narrow their search by browsing one of the collections, such as MMWR: the First 30 Years, Open Access Articles, and others.
- The Guidelines and Recommendations collection is a one-stop shop for the latest clinical and public health guidelines.
June 14, 2013
- More than two thirds of Medicare beneficiaries have multiple chronic conditions, such as heart disease, arthritis, and diabetes, that require ongoing medical attention or limit their daily activities.
- In 2011, 93 percent of Medicare spending, or $276 billion, was allocated for caring for beneficiaries with two or more chronic conditions.
- Researchers and health professionals can use the new Chronic Conditions Dashboard to find data on the prevalence and costs of chronic conditions among Medicare beneficiaries.
February 22, 2013
- For more than 35 years, Health, United States has presented a picture of the nation’s health, including trends in infant mortality, birth and death rates, health status, risk factors, health-care use, and more.
- Health, United States, 2011: In Brief [PDF-1.4MB] is a companion to the larger report and contains 20 charts and a table of key national health indicators, which can be compared to state and local estimates.
- A new dynamic version of Health, United States, 2011: In Brief lets you create your own charts and tables and include data from the full Health, United States report.
February 1, 2013
- Epi Info™ is a free tool used worldwide by public health professionals to collect, visualize, analyze, and present public health data.
- More than 181 countries use Epi Info, covering all continents including Antarctica; it has also been translated into more than 13 languages.
- Training resources for Epi Info include tutorials, a user guide, videos, and instructions on how to create the new Epi Info Web Survey.
January 25, 2013
- With 12 new behavioral risk factors and health indicators added, the Sortable Stats 2.0 site enables you to compare multiple health outcomes over time and across states and regions.
- You can export the data for use in other materials, such as fact sheets, grant submissions, or PowerPoint presentations, and even add a Sortable Stats button to your website.
- Along with other resources on CDC’s Data to Action site, Sortable Stats can help you promote policy, systems, and environmental changes to improve health.
August 24, 2012
- CDC just updated the NCHHSTP Atlas with viral hepatitis and TB surveillance data.
- You can create interactive maps and charts, and view data trends over time and location for HIV, AIDS, syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia, viral hepatitis, and TB.
- You can also download the Atlas buttons for your websites and view a video tutorial on key features.
June 8, 2012
- CDC released new 2011 Youth Risk Behavior Survey results on June 7, 2012, on significant health-risk behaviors among high school students.
- Nationwide, more high school students use seatbelts and fewer drive when drinking alcohol, but 1 of every 3 has texted or e-mailed while driving.
- You can compare state, local, and national risk behavior rates with Youth Online, and learn how schools help youth make healthy choices.
February 24, 2012
- Research shows that people with disabilities are more likely to be obese, smoke, and have more difficulty accessing preventive health services than people without disabilities.
- State-based data are needed to provide evidence for programs and services that can effectively improve the health of the 1 in 5 Americans with a disability.
- CDC's Disability and Health Data System is an interactive surveillance tool to help state health departments develop programs that include people with disabilities.
August 19, 2011
- CDC released the 2010 School Health Profiles this week; there are substantial differences in what states, cities, and territories are doing to promote student health and well-being.
- The majority of secondary schools in 13 states, for example, do not sell less nutritious foods and beverages; see how your jurisdiction is doing.
- You can support youth in making healthy choices by helping schools establish and enforce strong nutrition standards.
July 29, 2011
- A large proportion of the public health burden often occurs in a small number of states.
- You can find informative statistics, including interactive state-level data sets, through CDC’s recently launched Data to Action site.
- The site also features downloadable policy tables and public health burden graphs to help you promote policy, system, and environmental changes for improved health.
Did You Know? information and web links are current as of their publication date. They may become outdated over time.
- Page last reviewed: November 9, 2015
- Page last updated: October 13, 2016
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