Garbage in, garbage out. You might have heard this saying before, and it’s especially true when it comes to data - the quality of your data has a big effect on the quality of your output. There is a lot of data available online, but finding or gathering data can be cumbersome. To help you speed up that process and save time, we have curated a list of online health data resources. Most of these online resources allow you to download the data in the CSV file format making it easy to upload into LiveStories and of course making it much faster to find, explore, and share the data.
Here are some of our recommended data resources online, we will continuously update this list, so feel free to suggest other data resources in the comment section below.
Health Data for the United States
Health Indicators Warehouse
You can get data on topics such as infant and maternal health, obesity, chronic diseases, and demographic information.
County Health Rankings
Every year around March, County Health Rankings publishes data for every state and county in the U.S. around vital health factors including rates of smoking, obesity, high school graduation, income, unemployment, access to healthy food, and teen births. The annual reports rank counties within states regarding overall performance, but the underlying data is available for download and use. The County Health Rankings & Roadmaps program is a collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute
CDC & CDC Wonder
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has a plethora of data available. It’s not all easy to access, and some of the data is only available in PDF files. However, there is an extensive list of data available for a wide variety of health topics.
CDC also has an online database called Wonder, which allows you to query specific data sets across health related topics.
HealthDataHome.com contains data for all U.S. states and counties around a wide range of health topics. HealthDataHome.com is a free resource we have created here at LiveStories that makes it easy to find and explore health data. There are more than 10 000 charts, maps, and datasets available.
Local Health Data
Kids Data (California)
KidsData.org is specifically focused on California, but the website has a lot of local data available for kids health and well-being. The website is maintained by The Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health and gathers data from 35 different data sources.
Health Data Matters (Cleveland and Cuyahoga County, Ohio)
Health Data Matters is a local initiative for the Cleveland and Cuyahoga County in Ohio which enables individuals and organizations to improve local health by providing data for the area. The initiative is led by Case Western Reserve University's Urban Health Initiative and MPH program. The project is financed by the Saint Luke's Foundation and The George Fund Foundation.
Global Health Data
CIA World Fact Book.
If you are looking for country comparison data the world factbook is a great resource. It contains data on a number of topics, and the way to access it is by selecting a country, then a topic e.g. People and Society. Look for the text: "country comparison to the world: next to it you will find a number, when you click on the number you will get a list of this data for all countries in the world and slightly hidden in the top there is a link which allows you to download the data.
World Health Organization
WHO has an extensive database of health data for all the countries in the world. They offer a lot of different data formats and ways you can slice and dice the data.
What are some of your favorite resources for health data? Let us know in the comments so we can include it in this list.