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About These Tools

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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We hope you find these tools useful. We advise you to keep in mind that the content in these tools may cover sensitive issues that could be triggering for certain individuals.

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System

Author: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Tool Type: Questionnaire / Survey
Data Collection Tool

The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System is a system of state-based telephone surveys that collects info about chronic disease and injury risk behaviors, preventive health practices, and access to health care.

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.

Community Data Platform

Author: Cape Fear Collective
Tool Type: Dashboard
Existing Data Source

The Community Data Platform (CDP) is a cloud-based AWS MySQL database with over 1,000 metrics sourced from public sources, regional anchor institutions, and other community partners.

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.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Interactive Tools

Author: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Tool Type: Dashboard
Existing Data Source

This dashboard provides dataset topics on the CMS program and payment, provider and beneficiary characteristics. For example, it has look-up tools on Medicare inpatient hospitals by provider and services, interactive map tools of Medicare disparities by population or hospital, and dashboards that show the prevalence of 21 chronic conditions by state and comparisons of geographic areas among the Medicare population. The Mapping Medicare Disparities tool is available in English and Spanish.

Small Area Health Insurance Estimates

Author: US Census Bureau
Tool Type: Dashboard
Existing Data Source

This dashboard is the only source of data for health insurance coverage estimates for all counties in the U.S. by selected economic and demographic characteristics.

The North Carolina Disease Event Tracking and Epidemiologic Tool

Author: NC Division of Public Health
Tool Type: Reports
Existing Data Source

This report is a surveillance system that presents opioid overdose ED visit data in North Carolina. It is updated approximately bi-monthly, and users can access the data reports at the state and county levels. Additionally, the ED visits data are stratified by opioid type, age, race and ethnicity, and health insurance coverage. The drug overdose death data are also available from the website.