wiki:HealthSitesOfInterest

There are lots of great public health resources available. The list below is not a 100% comprehensive list as new sites are constantly being created. If you know of a new site or related resource please email/contact Lois or Garth and we'll make sure that it gets added. See Health and Technology Websites.

NOTE: Many of the site links that were on this page have been removed because the hosting agency either moved the app to a different URL or remove the site all together.


  • California CDPH Open Data Portal provides links to downloadable files by Topics. Data Queries has moved. Diabetes Topic and other topic type pages are easily found but not obvious how to get any data/charts/queries etc.
  • Database of Interventions. This has a nice Data Locator / Discovery filtering UI. It doesn't drive to a report/maps/charts but simply provides a description of the selected dataset.
  • CDC - General. Many of the old CDC indicator book marks no longer work. To me the site is confusing as what is where. Example the CDC Diabeties has a home page https://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/home/index.html that is off the main menu. If you select "Data and Statistics" you then have 3 main options: 1) The new Interactive Diab on Any Device which is a GIS app that provides a nice interactive dashboard that allows nav to related indicators, filtering, graphics in a block with option to make full width and "some" meta data (Source, Summary, Definition, Calc, Limitations). No nav path, share options, no full page printed report etc. but does have CSV export. 2nd option takes you to the same GIS app. 3rd Option "Count Data" uses an old Instant Atlas that requires Flash and has the typical flash limitations. Moving on on their left nav they have "Data and Stats/County? Data/County? Data IPs/ which then has a bunch of XLS files you can download. Going back to the main CDC home from top menu select "More CDC Topics/Data? and Statistics". This takes you to what you'd hope to be an inclusive list but it does not appear to be that way. I looked for Diabetes and it's not in the list. Clicking on Asthma takes you to a topic type landing page that has text and a nice summary chart. Down in the body there are links to what you would think might include charts and data but it's really hard to determine unless you click on each one. For this IP/topic it mainly has related PDFs, XLSs, etc that you can download. Going back and choosing "Cancer" provides yet another experience as they offer the "Data Visualization Tool". This is not the same as the GIS tool for Diabetes. This report provides related data, maps, trends, charts, filtering etc. It also provides contextual data but it's not all in one spot and not obvious unless you use this site (and hope that what you're looking for has been put into this Data Viz tool). It has data in the form of exports, xls, and zip files. It also provides links to related info. This page does have social media links in the footer but none of them work. CDC's NCHS Mobile Data Stats App.
  • Old CDC notes about their profiles that appear to have moved/replaced? Interesting community profile] table layout with links that has option for all US peers map. Peer county demographics report etc. http://www.cdc.gov/flu/fluvaxview/reportshtml/reporti1314/trends/index.html CDC's Influenza Vaccination doesn't work anymore either - notes said: interactive map. Instant atlas type display, but what is interesting is the documentation and help pages that accompany it (APPEARS TO BE DOWN/BROKE).
  • CDC's Indicators - CDI or start with BRFSS Tobacco. This site is Socrata based - so filtering, sharing, saving definition, exporting, lots of controls to change visualization, Open their data in other apps, etc. Getting contextual info is a challenge but this could simply be because it is not setup? Easy to get lost and not know where you are and options etc. CDC's Office of Smoking and Health OSHData web page that navigates to Socrata.
  • CDC Wonder. CDC's online dataset query system. Site has been around for a while with its interface looking a little dated with some operations being a little slow. However, it is still the reference site because of the available datasets and output options. Visualizations have lots of custom properties options like size, titling, map grouping, and more. Navigation is clean and flat. Choose the dataset, define the filtering and grouping, view the result with full visualization options. Site is not an interactive dashboard but provides what is needed including metadata, easily used rasterized charts and maps. Query definitions can be saved without an account so that the page is bookmarkable and sharable.
  • CDC's EPHT Tracking Matt said maybe IBIS could use this technology. Of all of their main data options presented they all eventually funnel into their "Data Explorer" GIS tool. Steps:
    1. Choose the "Data Explorer".
    2. Create a query from the query panel.
    3. Run Query.
    4. Drag the 2nd map on the bottom of the page to the tile.

Once you have a result they provide contextual data like: Footnotes, Data Differences, Data Source descrips, IP definition, citation, limitations, constraints, and export options. It does provide links back to the EPHT meta data page for the IP. The maps and charts all have options, sharing is easy, can "play" year trending on maps. Maps can choose backgrounds and # of choro groups but not grouping type.

  • Colorado EPHT. Like NCHS and Washington State, using Tableau. One difference is that CO has a front and center link at the top of the page before the visualization that provides their "Dataset Details" contextual info (data issues, limitations, measure def, calc method, and metadata link). Other than that all main features - full PDF report generation, different view navigation on top, interactive maps and charts etc). Health Indicators like the EPHT site, which has been rich other than confusing navigation, maybe they are still working on it but poking around it seems very basic. It has not contextual info, very limited charts and data, no mapping. The top category/topic navigation is simple but forces the user to scroll horizontally. ESRI Open Data portal. Queryable Datasets has a nice step interface similar to IBIS but not formatted. The results are very basic and I can not see where to produce a chart or map. Very little meta data/contextual data about the dataset is available from the interface. Have to go back to the main landing page and select "Dataset Details" which provides general data for the category that the dataset(s) reside.
  • Community Commons Community Health Needs Assessment. Managed by the Institute for People, Place and Possibility, the Center for Applied Research and Environmental Systems, and Community Initiatives. This is a mapping site. It has exporting, sharing, saving a user map definition, has some basic options like filtering and map measuring etc. Can not see contextual or chart options from the map page. Only way to see actual data is click on an area - no data table option. They do have a list of some information but it is a general here's all of data we have used. No comparisons etc. They do have a very nice "Build a Report" that someone demo'd but you have to have an account to use.
  • Data.gov - Lots of datasets that you can download in a variety of formats.
  • England Public Health Profiles landing page. To start this site has much of what is wanted and then some for data display. To a casual user it is likely overwhelming due to the amount of data and options presented. From the landing page they have a simple 2 column text list all of their profiles. Once one is selected they have an intro/overview of that profile with a big START button that takes you to their fingers tool which shows the data dashboard (so everything is easy to get to - just once there can be overwhelming to some - awesome to others). Each Profile has its own unique major sub areas of which a consistent set of options is presented. The overview is a community type report, IP compare chart, map, trending, compare areas, vs England, pop, box plots, definitions which is a pretty close match to the IP contextual data that IBIS presents - but does not include specific view data, and download options. Each of these has dashboard options to change the area type, areas data grouping, area of interest navigation, the comparison benchmark, and when applicable the associated indicator. The data presented is interactive with contextual hovers, various display options, export options, and full legend. Maybe they don't show mixed data contextual data because it is all the same dataset? They don't have any query capability that is easily accessible nor are there options for showing diverse data views ie Race by County for a given year etc. They do have possible links to the data via "R"? They also have a documented API.
  • Florida Health Charts. Site has lots of options including community reports, county profiles, indicator reports, data queries and atlases. Each of these major areas has different health categories/topics that takes you to a main index page for all available reports. Once selected a new "report" window is opened (all data pages launch into a new window and does not have any navigation nor the same look/feel as the main - guessing they're using a report writer at this point). As such the new report window does not have path nav/bread crumbs nor left nav highlighting so you are not 100% sure where you are but navigation is not very deep but still could be somewhat difficult to remember what you need to select to see the data. Some data selections have 2 report levels - general and more detailed dashboard type interface while others have a data table, others launch directly to a dashboard, and others launch to a query type interface. There are typically options to change things like year and county or indicator etc. Most page's contextual data has the data source and data notes/issues. Many pages have PDF and XLS export options. The 2nd level report pages are the dashboard and query dashboard. These are either hit directly from an index page or from links like an indicator list shown on the 1st data table report page (drills down to a dashboard for that IP for the county). Again this 2nd level results in a new window (3rd window) which changes the look again with no nav options but options to change the county, measure, and year. This report is a more advanced dashboard that displays a trend chart, map, and assoc data tables each in their own block but is not interactive like Instant Atlas nor can you add/remove the blocks. The blocks are not responsive to window size either. Some pages provide IP measure definition. The dashboard type pages provides export for each visualization block but not the entire page. Some pages like Weight has different options like this page has a HLS comparison and sources, notes, and interp issues. Some IP links like http://www.flhealthcharts.com/FLQUERY/Population/PopulationRpt.aspx goes to a query type interface which allows filtering, grouping, display options. Like most sites this has allot of content. The main landing page has a section for DATA QUERIES. Each dataset has a brief Title and shows a | delimited list of measures for that dataset so navigation is very simple/quick.
  • Idaho Health Statistics main Health Stats landing page. Most of the links are index pages that have lists of PDFs. One one of their pages they reference InstantAtlas? but it is not obvious where their dynamic content is (finally found it bottom of the vital stats index page ==> IA https://healthandwelfare.idaho.gov/Portals/_Rainbow/InstantAtlas/Vital%20Statistics%20report_April%202018/atlas.html.
  • IL Data and Statistics includes Open Data (downloadable files), basic BRFSS data tables, the IQuery, and maps. Illinois Public Health Community Map. Nice dashboard but have no idea how to get there from their http://www.healthcarereportcard.illinois.gov/ landing page. This part of their site appears to be SPA as the URL never changes and going to their main Map home page is the same URL etc. The dashboard is very interactive. You can change the measure and the IP. It provides some basic demographic pie charts and histos. It only provides CSV data export and very little contextual data (Measure def only). IQuery appears to have allot of data but clicking was problematic as some times selections would not appear (AJAX speed or sub selections not avail?). Navigation is a problem to know where you're at/how you got there. The query results provide a data table without any contextual info with export options including PDF, XLS, print. The chart option does show source and allows for changing some basic criteria. Links exist on the chart output popup window that provides the indicator's desc, formula, source, and data interp issues. Charts are not interactive but have a neat split value axis feature (shows low values with a line sep and high values on top).
  • Indiana State Department of Health much of what could find by clicking around was links to downloadable files. Indiana Indicators provides community profile type reporting. The Dashboard includes HLS as well as a rank for a given set of IPs. Each block for a given community and an IP has an option to add that to a report. Each block also has an icon to click that shows the measure def and change detail and provides various export options. The next tab is comparison which shows IP sets for the searched for community with an option for geo (which appears to be current year only) or time comparison (which includes previous years in the same table). Can export to PDF. Next is the "map" option which only shows the state's counties? by a selected indicator. The map is a choro with each county getting its own shade. The comparison option changes the colors to HLS. The report builder is the last item. This is a full GUI drag and drop layout tool. Indiana's Public Data Utility provides some data table pages and access to files and predefined PDFs etc.
  • Kansas Health Matters. Uses the Conduent Community Health system (as do several other DOHs). Community reports, choose by maps, help videos (see these for sure), save reports without having to have a user account, very interactive dashboards, lots of contextual data, data table, export options for charts and maps, csv for data. Pages for Funding Opportunities and Best Practices. Compared to legend graphics toward top (like HLS graphic, prior, trend, target) have a nice hover help explanation with actual cutoff values listed. Contextual info includes Why Important, Data Source, . Page has links to other indicators. Navigation is fairly flat and bread crumbs are provided. The first report for pretty much all navigation is the main list page. There are some differences like comparison value and the indicator sets that are applied. Clicking on any given indicator takes you to the detailed report which is mostly the "STATE" view which typically has a trend graph as well as another bar chart showing another view. Each report page has options to change community or IP and to show/hide the chart block etc. The detail report can have a a "COUNTIES" tab that produces a more detailed dashboard report that includes a county map, with histo, with data table (InstantAtlas? like - hover a data table row and the assoc chart and map is highlighted etc). On this detailed county page you can click a county to further drill down. These pages also have the ability to change the comparison value between HP2020, state, us, prior period, grouped and more. Maps and charts do not have elaborate titles and much of the IBIS contextual data appears to not be available. Can't see a way to export the entire page. Limited to straight IP type data reporting e.g. Race by County is not available nor are dataset queries, or topics. Site is clean and most likely hosted by Conduent. They have other types of info under the "Kansas Initiatives" that are topic based which use the reporting with some textual data as well as other features not typical in other systems. The report builder is slick. It allows you to search for available objects and select them to be put on a page in dragable blocks. You can add a text block but it's static to that page e.g. can't link to some db record. Custom report can be exported or you can download a config file. Likely this interface is used for their standard report pages?
  • Louisana EPHT. The query builder interface is not as in depth as the IBISQ but has context based sections and selections. Result page is an interactive ESRI dashboard. Report has minimal titling. Contextual data is available under the (i) icon and includes source, about indicator, measure definition, lots of data notes and issues, and a related links list. Navigation is flat and clean - very straight forward with bread crumbs but the data portal is not a robust IP system - query system only. Interface does provide dual queries within a single page. Queries are not tied - simply displaying 2 side by side. Health Data Portal.
  • Maryland's EPHT Portal. Main page has links to PDFs, ESRI maps which have minimal data but do have ability to change measure. Also have a custom map ability where the IP(s) are selected. No contextual data or charts. Can print and share. Maps open in their own window and provide no navigation clues and are 100% dynamic e.g. can't bookmark unless use the "share" url. They do have a query system that results in a table and chart with the ability to print and save it. The query has a link to their meta data and provides a description of the indicator. They offer the main EPHT topics which provides a description, managing data text, and other info but could not find any links to maps/charts/data etc from that topic page. A few have a special link to ArcGis? maps.
  • MA MassChip? and Weave
  • MI
  • NCHS Data Visualization Gallery using Tableau https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data-visualization/index.htm. Site has specific areas of interest with a unique set of visualizations for each area. Navigation is flat and straight forward with bread crumbs so you know where you are at. Dashboards typically show several interactive dataset chart views and maps (simply choro - no options) if applicable. Chart titles are complete. Lots of related data change filter type options as well as a year slider. Context info includes source, notes, intro/about the topic/indicator, and suggestions. The report pages has a consistent "On This Page" context menu in the upper right. Export options exist for the charts but not the entire page nor the data tables (this is probably available but CDC decided not to include/program it in?). The export has options on type, orient, quality and which objects. The PDF produces charts that are high quality. Data tables are provided for each chart but are not integrated however, the page does have links to download CSV files. CIs are not provided/used/available? The page is shareable with a single share icon that has email, tweet, fb choices on a popup dialog that switches the embed and link code.. The site is not complete as Topics, Query, comparison is not provided. If you goto the Drug Poisoning Mortality blog they have a left nav that has some interesting options like by Data Source, Chart Type, Health Topics. On the Drug Poisoning Mortality in the United States, 1999-2016 dashboard they had an interesting graphic https://public.tableau.com/shared/ZSWK4MFNZ?:toolbar=no&:tabs=no&:display_count=no that when you select a state it lists of all counties for an area with each county listed down the left with a color gradient box for each year for that county. Note that this is a single page app so current page selections are not bookmarkable using the "share" option does work to preserve a single chart/map. For this one listed it goes to the tableau server - e.g. all tableau graphics are likely generated and served from their site. One other item of interest is that you can save a single visualization as a tableau workbook that can be opened via their app. The workbook is a binary file that likely contains the data and object options? Being that the tableau objects are served from their enviro and the rest of the CDC page is from CDC it makes sense that they do not have a page export option etc.
  • Nevada Medical Intelligence Center. NEDSS type app. Interesting visualization. The gray area is some kind of historical average and the red line is current year’s data. I think the time periods must be MMWR weeks.
  • New Hampshire EPHT's Data Portal - Wisdom. They has Evniro Topics, Health Topics, and data portal as main site nav links. The Topics then goto a sub index page that has a graphic with sub topic selections which show all the topic contextual data. Clicking on the "Data" goes to a new site that is Wisdom so navigation is lost at this point etc. Choosing a dashboard can take a long time to display but when it finally displays it provides many visualization objects each in their own smallish block. Charts are not interactive but they do have lots of options which include: context (title, source, purpose, abstract, purpose, limitations), changing the measure and method, opening the chart in a new window for larger presentation, PDF export which includes context, data table . There is not an obvious option to export the entire page, data tables export to xls but MS-Excel complained about the file even though it opened it, etc. You can drill down on some objects and they have nice objects that mix maps with histos. Each object also can be shared and it appears that the page might be bookmarkable. They also have a option to "Add Data" which is a list of available defined visualization objects? This custom view can be saved once a user logs in.
  • Healthy New Jersey 2020 with fun colors and interesting "Town" selection menu/map. Click a tab for a sub menu that for usability is not obvious that it's a nav menu (need to underline selections so it's more obvious). Choosing an area presents an interesting contextual data sliding sections interface which is interactive and keeps page short but can't see all the data at once. Each objective is clickable which takes you to the Socrata based detail report that has a basic chart, share, and export options. The sliding context data's last item is "To Learn More" where you have links to NJ EPHT and other related static pages/sites. NJ Cancer Rates - query interface. Can click on county and see full data table and optional chart. Data table has a checkbox selection for each which combines those selected and recalcs the stats. The query filtering interface is small and effective. Unstable values have a effective dotted overlay. Menu on bottom has options for basic histo chart. Page has export options for data and graphics. Has option to do independent side by side queries. The main hamburger menu is different as on hover it covers the page completely - clean mega menu. Another interesting feature is the "Configure Visualization" option on menu which has links to https://plot.ly/ and the Socrata visualization creator.
  • New York City EpiQuery Interactive Health Data query system that is SAS based. Builder page has simple, multi column radio button selections. Year filter is limited to all available and single. Year filter refreshes page which means that selections are dependent on the period. Result is basic table with static chart. Can drill down on a year to show additional selections and options. Site provides no contextual information or maps. NYC Data Page provides access to Epiquery as discussed above and the "Environmental Health & Data Portal". The portal has links to epiquery and has links to main EPHT topic pages. Each topic page provides the main data link at the top of the page which provides a report that has options so show trend chart, disparity chart (not a CP type chart - histo), summary table, and a map. Pages have CSV data export, data sources, how calculated , sharing, and some options to filter data etc. Each report page's UI is clean and straight forward has a nice "Step" bread crumbs example. Print option is for the visualization - no contextual data provided.
  • New York State
  • Oregon EPHT. Launches directly into the dataset selection page. Result page has options to filter the data, show data table, chart, and maps if applicable. Has a "Download PDF" option that creates a complete report - contextual, data table, and visualizations. Result pages contain allot of contextual data. Navigation for this report is pretty flat - selection page followed by result page.
  • Pennsylvania Data Dissem - Eddie. Page opens with big link front and center to their dataset selection page. Depending on selections a sub filtering selection page is presented. The final report shows the selected visualization (must choose chart or map) and a data table. Hovers but not interactive dashboard. Has basic data like Note and Source. Titles are full with selections listed below the title and on top of the graphic. Going back to select different graphic type the page doesn't remember previous selections. Has export options for the entire report page = graphic, data table, notes, sources. The EDDIE page is different from the main DOH launch page. There's basic navigation to home, selection but no breadcrumbs (not really needed as it's so flat and the only option). NOTE: EDDIE is the EpiQMS replacement.
  • San Francisco San Francisco Health Matters Conduent based - same as Kansas and Sonoma (below).
  • Sonoma County Community Dashboard. Another site that uses Conduent. Site is visually pleasing, well thought out/easy to grasp. The "All Demographics Variables" index/list is complete index to all demographic sub dashboards. One thing that is confusing is that they have dashboard links on that demo index list the same icon as the external site links. Disparities Dashboard, Action Progress Tracker, Healthy People 2020 Progress Tracker. Like the other related Conduent sites the disparity report (IBIS community report) has the prior year or 2020 comparison but doesn't provide context data (2020 is the obvious data source and prior is the same data source). To see any context data need to click on the actual IP.
  • South Carolina EPHT. Main menu has organized primarily into health and enviro with topics sub selections that go to static content pages. Lot of sub pages but they have breadcrumbs that help show the selection path. Getting to the interactive data is not straight forward. For example the main "Health" menu has a "Data Maps SC Public Health". This takes you to their main index page that has a non obvious list of selections (needs to be link underlines). Most of the links I tried went to sub selection list page then you drill down to some end node pages are simply PDFs while others are the report builder page. The main Map selection is not what it says (likely very frustrating for end users) it is many nested pages and easy to get lost trying to find their interactive maps/query. When you do get to their data system it is a separate GIS app https://gis.dhec.sc.gov/chp/ so path/navigation is gone. However, once here it is self standing as you can select a different IP and see the map and data table. The textual info consists of definition and source but is not context based - general one page covers all IPs. Map area hover highlights legend but no chart or table interaction. No options to filter etc. Clicking on area(s) produces a very nice profile report that show HLS type table with sub rows for the selected community. Table lists all IPs based on their standard IP groupings/categories. Can export map image but nothing else. The "Environment Menu" has a "GIS Apps and Data" that provides 2 large buttons "GIS Data" and "Interactive Maps". The GIS data is a mechanism to download data files. The Interactive Maps takes you to another selection page that shows many mapable data categories. Many of these have one or more sub selection pages to actually get to a point where you can use the ESRI based map report. For example on the main map category page choose EPHT. From here you have to choose a topic which takes you to a topic page which then requires a scroll down to the Track It Map button or to the bottom which has a track it map it button that takes you back to the start!. Once you get to the ESRI report page you have a new window that is not part of the normal site so how you got there and getting back is not trivial. The ESRI query builder shows dependent selections which results in a full features ESRI map. Along with the map you have options to view the data table, create a chart, and in some cases a trend line. The dialog window has an issue with loosing some button on the bottom that is not reachable in Chrome. Text info is limited to singular data source and measure definition.
  • Vermont EPHT main page. Different Left nav with Icon then Concise topic title that takes you to a general topic intro page with related links. The top horizontal menu is their context menu. Under "Alerts" there are links to reports which are PDFs etc. Most of the site is static page navigaton. Towards the bottom of the left nav is a Chart type icon that has the associated data selections. The top selection results in a "Data Explorer" which results in a stand alone (new window that is not embedded within their normal page) Instant Atlas type dashboard (map, data, chart with each community highlighted). Report page has an "Info" page that provides complete description of the indicator. It also has a link to the meta data, and a general definition and data source page. Report page's data can be exported to XML, CSV, XLS. The various selections on this data portion either goto the map report or to a sub selection list page which then has PDF or other static pages. Getting to the map page can be a chore as some pages will go there while others simply drive to a PDF index. It is not obvious which of these links go/do what. Vermont Data Explorer Example.
  • Washington. Health Data Visualization index. From this main index reports are Tableau based (sharable, full report PDF export, sources, some filtering options, interactive chart/data table/map etc). The Opioid report has the first view providing a static content type awareness page with graphics and text (similar to other sites that have the first tab having intro type content). Nice thing with Tableau is that the visualization is built within the normal web page. Downside is that any changes to visualization isn't saved/bookmarkable other than the embed share link mechanism. Example of side by side maps. WTN Washington EPHT has their main topics on the left nav with bread crumbs on top. Navigation is flat and easy to see where at and how got there. The topic pages provide "map and data" access through the "Search WTN" which is a "Data Explorer" interface builder that specifies a search as you type keywords, section, topic, sub topic, measure, with filtering. Produces a data table, chart, map, and a contextual info like About, Caveats, and related links. This interface appears to be ESRI based? and also allows side by side visualizations of different selectable measures. Has csv data export and some basic map interaction.
  • Wisconsin EPHT, Topics Index that is picture based. Topic detail page has main picture with expandable content for main textual sections which includes the data source and data issues. After the brief intro text is a Data Link that opens a new window to a map based dashboard. The dashboard provides interactive selection between map, chart, and data table. It is a clean layout with options listed at the top of the page. Titles are minimal but effective with limited data source and basic definition info available on a general page that covers all of the different data available on the site. Export options are limited to CSV data output. Sharing options are limited to being able to access the session link via a bookmark icon. Clicking on a map layer selects that area for the trend chart display, highlights that value in the histo and data table. Had issues accessing the map in Chrome - maybe a popup blocker issue?
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