The Center for Rural Health Data compiles, analyzes, and visualizes rural-relevant health data, turning data into actionable information. We are always adding resources so come back soon! And please let us know if there are data-based reports or visualizations you'd like to see generated - we'll see what we can do!
Figuring Out Which Data To Use - New Resource, Coming Soon!
Data, data, everywhere and not a drop to drink. There's a LOT of data out there - how do we figure out which of that data is most valuable, most meaningful, and most accurate? The Center for Rural Health Data is currently working on a brief and basic tutorial on answering those questions. Stay tuned!
County Health Profiles
County-level data can be a good place to start for a community assessment. Rates of health indicators that are dramatically higher- or lower-than state or US rates may indicate a need to dig deeper into the issue by examining local-level data. Below is a non-exhaustive list of county health profiles developed by various organizations.
Comparing health issues between rural and urban areas can illuminate disparities and point to inequities needing to be addressed. The reports below present regional and national data divided by rural and urban.
Row upon row and column upon column of numbers is great, really, unless you actually want someone to be interested in your data and take away meaningful insights. Using charts, diagrams, and images to represent numbers (i.e., an infographic) is a great way to simplify complicated information and communicate clear messages. Likewise, displaying data on a map allows the viewer to see where things are happening and understand how they are spatially distributed.
Featured map: Rural Health Care Safety Net - Wisconsin (interactive!)
Scroll through the images below to find maps on:
- Rural Health Care Facilities
- Health Professional Shortage Areas
- Loan Assistance Recipients
- Emergency Medical Services
- Other interesting topics
Scroll to the bottom of the map's page to download the map.
Interested in making your own map? The Texas A&M Geocoder, recognized by the State Cartographer's Office as the most accurate free online geocoding service, identifies latitude and longitude coordinates for address data. Visit them here: https://geoservices.tamu.edu/Services/Geocode/.