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The Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust is presenting these data tools for your information and use, but did not create them. These tools may be subject to copyright, and should be used within the terms of use outlined in any copyright restrictions.

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Category: County-level Data

Climate and Economic Justice Screening Tool

Author: Council on Environmental Quality
Tool Type: Dashboard, National Data Source, State Data Source
Existing Data Source

The Climate and Economic Justice Screening Tool provides information about environmental health burdens on communities.

Census Reporter

Author: Census Reporter
Tool Type: National Data Source, Questionnaire / Survey, State Data Source
Existing Data Source

Census Reporter provides journalists with easy access to data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Population and dollar figures are broken down by category: Demographics, Economics, Families, Housing and Social.

PLACES: Local Data for Better Health

Author: CDC, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the CDC Foundation
Tool Type: National Data Source, Reports
Existing Data Source

PLACES provides model-based, community-level analysis of 36 chronic-disease realated measures for all counties, states, and census tracts nationwide.

In-Person Marketplace Enrollment Efforts in North Carolina

Author: The Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research
Tool Type: Dashboard
Existing Data Source

The “Dashboard for In-Person Marketplace Enrollment Efforts in North Carolina” by the Sheps Center for Health Services Research, tracks and analyzes health insurance enrollment efforts, particularly in rural areas of North Carolina. The tool provides real-time data and visualizations to monitor progress, identify low enrollment areas, and evaluate outreach strategies. It helps stakeholders make informed decisions, understand enrollment trends, and address barriers to enrollment. The goal is to improve access to health insurance for rural populations in North Carolina by tailoring outreach initiatives based on evidence-based strategies.

Comprehensive Housing Affordability Strategy Data

Author: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Tool Type: National Data Source
Existing Data Source

This is a dataset that provides information on severe housing problems and needs among households needing housing assistance, especially low-income households. The data are updated every four years (quadrennially) and available at the state, county, and census-tract levels through a web-based table generator (also known as a query tool) or complete downloadable sets of data files. The data are also stratified by race and ethnicity, household income, and more.

County/State Population Projections

Author: North Carolina Office of State Budget and Management
Tool Type: State Data Source
Existing Data Source

This data estimates the future populations at the state and county levels based on the historical and current rates of fertility and mortality as well as migration patterns. The estimated data are available to 2050 and stratified by age, sex, and race/ethnicity, which allows users to track the changes in age distribution, racial and ethnic diversity, etc. Available formats of the data sources are tables, maps, and downloadable documents.

The NC Opioid and Substance Use Action Plan Data Dashboard

Author: NC Division of Public Health (NCDHHS)–Nort Carolina State Center for Health Statistics, Injury and Violence Prevention Branch
Tool Type: Dashboard
Existing Data Source

This dashboard provides equity-centered data and information related to the opioid crisis in North Carolina. It is updated annually, and the available data include opioid overdose deaths, opioid prescriptions rate, opioid use disorder treatment, and naloxone doses dispensed. When applicable, the data are stratified by race and ethnicity. This data dashboard features interactive maps at the state, county, and regional levels as well as trends over time that allows users to track progress and measure impacts on substance use efforts. In addition, it provides valuable resources on opioid prevention, treatment, and recovery by defined metrics.