New York State Community Health Indicator Reports
The New York State Community Health Indicator Reports provide easy access to 250 health indicators for 15 health topic areas. Indicator data are from multiple data sets and are available at the statewide, regional and county geographic levels.
Data by health topic can be obtained in two different formats. The first option (similar to the former County Health Data System (CHDS) ) presents 250 health indicator tables with links to trend graphs and maps. Each table contains data for all 62 New York State counties, 8 regions, New York City, Rest of State and New York State.
The second option (similar to the former CHAI data system) presents, for each New York State County, 15 topic-related tables. Each county table contains data for multiple indicators associated with a health topic as well as comparison data to New York State, New York City or Rest of State. The counties rank compared to other New York State counties as well as tests for statistical significance are also provided. The tables include links to indicator trend graphs and maps.
To obtain data for an individual health indicator for New York State and all counties and regions, click on a topic area.
County Health Assessment Indicators
To obtain data for a specific county, select a county from the map below, or from a list of counties in New York State
Several data sets were used to develop this information including:
- Mortality and natality data: New York State birth and death files
- Hospitalization data: Statewide Planning and Research Cooperative Systems (SPARCS) files, based on hospital discharges
- Disease and condition specific data: Department of Health disease registries, including cancer, AIDS/HIV, communicable disease, rabies, tuberculosis and sexually transmitted disease
- Program-based data: WIC program, Youth Tobacco Survey, Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program, and Heavy Metals Registry
- National survey data: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) and Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS)
- Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS): Prevalence of Smoking During Pregnancy
- Youth Tobacco Survey: Use of Cigarettes Among Middle and High School Students
Mortality and hospitalization based indicators are presented as both crude and age-adjusted rates. The standard population that was used for adjustment was the 2000 United States population. Age adjustment allows for the comparison of rates between geographic areas with different age distributions.
These community statistics are grouped into nineteen health-related sections. Each section contains a series of indicators and an "About" page that provides indicator definitions, data sources and NYSDOH program contact information.
Information can be accessed by selecting one of the health-related sections (highlighted in blue below). After selecting a section, a list of available indicators will appear. Indicators are presented in several different formats. The following is a description of each data format.
- (Table + Trend): Indicators are presented in a table with the latest 3 years of data and a clickable 10-year trend chart for each county. To access a trend chart, click on the blue highlighted county name in the table. A table and graph with 10 years of data will be displayed for the county and either Upstate (for counties outside of New York City) or New York City (for New York City counties). Clicking on the New York State Total will display a graph and chart with 10 years of data for New York State, Upstate and New York City.
- (Map): Indicators are presented in a New York State map with counties shaded based on the quartile distribution of the indicator of interest. The map for each indicator presents crude rates. There is also a corresponding graph displaying rates for each New York State county.
- (Multiple Maps): Indicators are presented in two New York State maps with counties shaded based on the quartile distribution of the indicator of interest. The first map for each indicator presents crude rates and the second, age-adjusted rates. Scroll or arrow down to see the second map. There are also corresponding graphs displaying both crude and age-adjusted rates for each New York State county.
- (Graph): Indicators are presented in a ten year (where possible) bar graph with data for New York State. Data for these indicators are from statewide surveys that do not provide county level estimates. A few of these indicators do, however, include estimates for New York State (excluding New York City) and New York City.
- (Table): Indicators are presented in a table with the latest three years of data.
The tables can be saved as HTML, Excel spreadsheets (when using Internet Explorer) or text for users who wish to work with these data using other software.
If you have any questions or comments regarding the New York State Community Health Indicator Reports, please email the Public Health Information Group or contact us by phone at (518) 474-2543. For information about county health initiatives, please contact the respective local health department.