Policy Education Resources
State and County Health Data
America’s Health Rankings is a national project of the United Health Foundation and the American Public Health Association. Every year since 1990, the project has ranked every state on a series of key public health measures, ranging from health insurance and child immunization rates to smoking and obesity. The rankings include environmental and cultural factors like air pollution and violent crime. Significantly, the AHR includes an interactive tool that allows you to see how much better a state would rank if there were improvement in specific areas. See what it would take to make Texas #1 in health!
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin have collaborated to create this annual report that digs past state rankings to look at how every county in America ranks in health inputs and outcomes. See how your county is faring…and find out which Valley community won a national award for its approach to community health!
The Kaiser Family Foundation maintains State Health Facts, a searchable database of health care and health insurance data based largely on the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. Find out how Texas compares to other states and national averages on a wide range of measures of health insurance coverage and availability of health services such as women’s health.
Expanding coverage for low-income adult Texans would improve health coverage and access to care in Texas…but did you know it would also save your county money? This searchable database from the Center for Public Policy Priorities allows you to see how increased federal funding for low-income health insurance would save your county tax dollars that currently go for uncompensated care, care for people in jail, and others. The tool takes into account estimates from a variety of public and private sources, ensuring that you aren’t just getting the opinion of one group.