Last week, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin released the 2011 County Health Rankings, ranking over 3000 counties in every state on their overall health. It provides measures listed by “Outcomes” (measures of health) and “Factors” (influencers of health) that is powered in part by data from HHS.
It also released a number of tools that allow users to explore the data in ways that were not possible before without a statistics program. Tools such as the county health calculator allow for mashups of datasets related to county health to education and transportation to understand the effects that different factors have on a county.
Todd Park, CTO of HHS, says, “By opening up the raw and aggregated data to the public, County Health Rankings are providing the wonderful gift of data liberation to researchers and developers alike. The release of this data is indeed another significant positive step forward for the health and technology communities.”
To see the County Health Rankings, click here.
Sachiye Day, VERTICES intern. firstname.lastname@example.org