Data Resources

The resources listed below are provided for informational purposes only and do not necessarily reflect support or endorsement by the EPISCenter.

Youth Health and Welfare Data

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS)
The Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) provides state-level data by grade for high school (9-12 grades). It monitors six types of health-risk behaviors that contribute to the leading causes of death and disability among youth and adults, including: behaviors that contribute to unintentional injuries and violence, sexual behaviors, alcohol and other drug use tobacco use, unhealthy dietary behaviors, inadequate physical activity, obesity and asthma among youth and young adults. The site provides survey results, trends, and information, such as fact sheets and data files.

Kids Count, Annie E. Casey Foundation
The Annie E. Casey Foundation's KIDS COUNT Data Center includes county-level data in addition to state, and national data. It consists of 100 indicators of child well-being, including economic status, health, safety, and risk factors. It also allows one to create maps, graphs, and charts for use in presentations or on a website.

Child Trends Databank
The site provides national trends and research on over 100 key indicators of child and youth well-being.  A series of data briefs that draw from multiple indicators to examine broad topics and special populations of greatest concern to policy makers, service providers, the media, and the general public are also available.

State of the Child, PA Partnerships for Children (PPC)
PPC makes available a variety of publications and data sources on the well-being (child abuse, HS drop-out rates, education statistics, etc.) of children and youth in PA, including the 2012 State of the Child ReportPorch Light Project, and Operation Restart publications. These data sources are at the county and state level. 

PA Department of Health Epidemiological Query and Mapping System (EpiQMS) and Behavioral Health Risks Surveillance System (BRFSS)
An interactive health statistics web tool where you can create customized data tables, charts, and county/regional assessments for behavioral risk statistics as well as birth, death, infant death, teen pregnancy, cancer, sexually transmitted disease, other communicable disease and population statistics.  Results of the BRFSS for adults are available by year.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
National Survey of Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) - NSDUH data is available for the state of Pennsylvania and for substate regions on a host of different substance use and mental health outcomes. There are charts and graphs available. You are able to compare your substate region to the whole state and to national levels on selected characteristics. 

University of Michigan – Monitoring the Future (MTF)
MTF is an ongoing study, funded by NIH and NIDA, of the behaviors, attitudes, and values of American secondary school students, college students, and young adults.  An overview of key findings specific to adolescent drug use and trends is available. This data is at the national level and is used as a comparison for PAYS data. 

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Juvenile Justice Data

National Center for Juvenile Justice (NCJJ)
NCJJ is the research division of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ). County, state, and national level juvenile justice statistics and research publications are available, including the OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book.

Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency’s Statistical Analysis Center (SAC)
State level data is available at the juvenile and adult level for Pennsylvania crime, corrections, and sentencing, as well as policy relevant data and research.

  • One report in particular that may be helpful is the Crime Justice Trend Report which contains information on the Juvenile And Adult Arrests, Juvenile Dispositions, Juvenile Placements, Juvenile Status Offenses.

Fight Crime: Invest in Kids
Fight Crime: Invest in Kids provides state and national research and policy information on topics such as early education, child abuse and neglect, after-school programming, and youth delinquency.

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Community Demographic Data

American Community Survey
A nationwide survey designed to provide communities information on how they are changing. It includes data tables, ranking tables and surveys on demographic, social, economic, and housing data at the city (for most cities), county, state and national level.

U.S. Census Bureau - USA Counties
Features over 6,000 data items for the United States, States and counties from a variety of census sources. Information is derived from the following general topics: age, agriculture, ancestry, banking, building permits, business patterns, crime, earnings, education, elections, employment, government, health, households, housing, income, labor force, manufactures, population, poverty, retail trade, social programs, veterans, vital statistics, water use, and wholesale trade.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Snap Shots of State Population Data (SNAPS)
SNAPS provides local-level community profile information nationwide. It can be browsed by county and state and searched by zip code.

FedStats provides access to a full range of official demographic information at the city, county, and state level. The site allows convenient access to data on such topics as economic and population trends. (Older data)

Pennsylvania Spatial Data Access (PASDA)
PASDA is the official public access geospatial information clearinghouse for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and has served for twelve years as Pennsylvania's node on the National Spatial Data Infrastructure, Geospatial One-Stop, and the National Biological Information Infrastructure.  The Data Access Wizard combines a search engine with powerful web-based geoprocessing and visualization capabilities to provide users with a variety of county, state, and national statistical and data resources as downloads.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation – County Health Rankings and Roadmaps
Developed in collaboration with the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, this website provides county health rankings and data for factors that influence health in nearly every county in the nation.

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General State Level Data

United Health Foundation 
Provides a 2012 health ranking report for each state. State ranking is comprised of 22 individual measures; 16 measure health determinants such as personal behaviors and 6 measure health outcomes.

The PEW Center on the States
The Pew Center on the States offers national research resources in many areas of critical importance to state policymakers, such as public safety, education, foster care, with the intent of helping states to make sound, data-driven policy choices.

Trust for America’s Health
Summarizes state-based health, population, public health, and economic indicators.

Kaiser Family Foundation
Provides direct access to national and state facts and data about the nation's health care system and programs.  It also allows for the creation of customizable PowerPoint slides.

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Pennsylvania Evidence-based Program Data

Reports published by the Penn State Prevention Research Center, including:

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