The purpose of the Rural Health Data Center is to provide actionable information that will help communities identify and address rural-relevant health issues in Wisconsin. The information compiled by the Data Center is designed to inform public health and health policy decisions that improve the health of rural Wisconsin.
Rural health data is essential to identifying rural health priorities, selecting evidence-based rural-relevant interventions, and measuring change in health outcomes over time. Rural health data allow us to:
- Monitor trends in health behaviors and health outcomes
- Track impacts of program and policy initiatives
- Document access to and use of the health care system
- Identify disparities in health status and use of health care by race/ethnicity, socio-economic status, other population characteristics, and geographic area
We have a number of maps and reports already on this website in the Virtual Library. Select either Data or Map in the "Type" and review the results on the right side.
We have highlighted some of the maps and reports below.
Please let us know if there are maps or data-based reports you'd like to see generated, and we'll see what we can do!
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 average 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.