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Table 1 2014 County Health Rankings : measures, data sources, and years of data

From: The County Health Rankings: rationale and methods

  Measure Weight Data source Years of data
HEALTH OUTCOMES  
Length of life Premature death 50% National Center for Health Statistics 2008-2010
Quality of life Poor or fair health 10% Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System 2006-2012
Poor physical health days 10% Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System 2006-2012
Poor mental health days 10% Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System 2006-2012
Low birthweight 20% National Center for Health Statistics 2005-2011
HEALTH FACTORS  
Health Behaviors  
Tobacco use Adult smoking 10% Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System 2006-2012
Diet and exercise Adult obesity 5% National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP) 2010
Food environment indexa 2% USDA Food Environment Atlas, Map the Meal Gap 2010-2011
Physical inactivity 2% NCCDPHP 2010
Access to exercise opportunitiesa 1% OneSource Global Business Browser, Delorme map data, Esri, & US Census Tigerline Files 2010 & 2012
Alcohol and drug use Excessive drinking 2.5% Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System 2006-2012
Alcohol-impaired driving deaths 2.5% Fatality Analysis Reporting System 2008-2012
Sexual activity Sexually transmitted infections 2.5% National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB prevention 2011
Teen births 2.5% National Center for Health Statistics 2005-2011
Clinical Care  
Access to care Uninsured 5% Small Area Health Insurance Estimates 2011
Primary care physicians 3% HRSA Area Resource File 2011
Dentists 1% HRSA Area Resource File 2012
Mental health providers 1% CMS, National Provider Identification 2013
Quality of care Preventable hospital stays 5% Medicare/Dartmouth Institute 2011
Diabetic screeninga 2.5% Medicare/Dartmouth Institute 2011
Mammography screeninga 2.5% Medicare/Dartmouth Institute 2011
Social and Economic Factors  
Education High school graduationa 5% data.gov, supplemented w/ National Center for Education Statistics 2010-2011
Some collegea 5% American Community Survey 2008-2012
Employment Unemployment 10% Bureau of Labor Statistics 2012
Income Children in poverty 10% Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates 2012
Family and social support Inadequate social support 2.5% Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System 2005-2010
Children in single-parent households 2.5% American Community Survey 2008-2012
Community safety Violent crime 2.5% Uniform Crime Reporting - FBI 2009-2011
Injury deaths 2.5% CDC WONDER 2006-2010
Physical Environment  
Air and water quality Air pollution - particulate matterb 2.5% CDC WONDER 2011
Drinking water violations 2.5% Safe Drinking Water Information System FY 2012 -2013
Housing and transit Severe housing problems 2% HUD, Comprehensive Housing Affordability Strategy 2006-2010
Driving alone to work 2% American Community Survey 2008-2012
Long commute – driving alone 1% American Community Survey 2008-2012
  1. CDC WONDER: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Wide-ranging Online Data for Epidemiologic Research; CMS: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services; ESRI: FBI: Federal Bureau of Investigation; HIV: human immunodeficiency virus; HRSA: Health Resources and Services Administration; HUD: Housing and Urban Development; STD: sexually transmitted disease; TB: tuberculosis; USDA: United States Department of Agriculture.
  2. aReverse coded measures.
  3. bNot available for AK and HI.