Public Health Data Resources

Public Health Data Resources

Purpose of Health Data

Public health data can include information collected through routine reporting, population-based surveys, epidemiological surveillance activities, or qualitative focus groups.

Data enable agency staff, community partners, and residents to strategically assess local public health and environmental determinants, status, and outcomes, as well as public health system capacity and performance; plan public health strategies; provide evidence to enable action; and evaluate impact of action on health and the health system. They also help our community identify health inequities that call for systems level changes.

Access Local, State, & National Public Health Data

The tabs below link to key sources of public health data available at the local, state, and national levels. Most of these resources are regularly updated and present the most up to date available data and information on population health and social determinants of health for Boulder County.

The Health Planning & Evaluation team at Boulder County Public Health can assist you with special data requests.

Local data resources include topical assessments and targeted analyses.

  • Community Health Assessment 2023
    Public health agencies in Colorado are required to conduct a Community Health Assessment every five years to understand the health status and concerns of the communities they serve. Boulder County Public Health’s 2023 Community Health Assessment focused on mental and behavioral health and included data related to the status of mental and behavioral health in Boulder County.
  • 2023-2028 Public Health Improvement Plan
    Boulder County Public Health’s (BCPH) 2023-2028 Public Health Improvement Plan is based on the 2023 Community Health Assessment results. This plan focuses on the strategies BCPH will implement to improve mental and behavioral health in Boulder County.
  • Healthy Kids Colorado Results for Boulder County
    The Healthy Kids Colorado Survey (HKCS) measures the number of youth engaging in health-risk behaviors and the number practicing health-promoting behaviors across Colorado. Survey results are used to create school and community programs to reduce youth risk behaviors and encourage health, safety, and academic achievement. This page has HKCS data for Boulder County.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) maintains multiple data resources and exploration tools. A few of them are provided below.

  • COHID (Colorado Health Information Dataset)
    This data site provides access to state and local-level data and resources compiled by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and its partners to help understand health and related issues affecting people in Colorado. The data site includes (but is not limited to) live birth and death data, demographic data, cancer incidence data, maternal and child data, suicide data, environmental epidemiology data, and drug overdose data.
  • Community Health Equity Maps
    A platform for visualizing geographic disparities for selected social determinants of health, life expectancy estimates, and key health conditions/outcomes across Colorado.
  • VISION (Visual Information System for Identifying Opportunities and Needs)
    A tool with chronic disease and behavioral health measures, prioritized and presented with interactive data visualizations.
  • Healthy Kids Colorado Survey (HKCS)
    HKCS helps us better understand youth health and what factors support youth to make healthy choices. The survey, conducted every two years, is supported by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, the Colorado Department of Education and the Colorado Department of Human Services. The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus administers the survey. This dashboard allows users to explore the data.

Leading national public health organizations provide data, as well as research evidence and analysis around current public health issues.

  • CDC Data and Statistics
    The United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention works 24/7 to protect America from health, safety and security threats, both foreign and in the U.S. This site includes publications, communications, resources, and tools related to health issues in the United States and abroad.
  • Healthy People DATA2020
    Healthy People 2020 is the federal government’s prevention agenda for building a healthier nation. It is a statement of national health objectives designed to identify the most significant preventable health threats and establish national goals to reduce these threats. This dashboard allows users to search indicators and see progress towards national goals.
  • SAMHSA Data and Dissemination
    The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration provides data on key indicators of substance abuse and mental health in their Annual Report.

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