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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.

Indicators of Healthy Aging: A Guide to Explore Healthy Aging Data through Community Health Improvement

Author: National Association of County and City Health Officials and Trust for America’s Health
Tool Type: Guides, National Data Source, Reports
Existing Data Source

The purpose of this resource is to better understand and advance healthy aging through community health improvement activities as well as provide a roadmap for health departments, health practitioners, nonprofits, health systems, and community organizations.

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.

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.

Point in Time and Housing Inventory Count Estimates of Homelessness

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

This data source provides annual counts of individuals and families experiencing homelessness in the United States at the state and county levels. Beginning in 2011, homeless veterans are also included in the estimates.

Population Estimates Program: 2010–2019

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

This data source estimates of the population for states, counties, and other geographical areas within the United States. PEP produces both total population estimates and estimates by age, sex, race, and ethnicity. The estimates are updated annually and are available for a range of years, from 2010 until the most recent year for which data are available.

American Community Survey

Author: U.S. Census Bureau
Tool Type: Dashboard, National Data Source
Existing Data Source

The American Community Survey (ACS) is a nationwide survey program conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau. ACS offers one-year and five-year estimates, as well as demographic characteristics for states and localities. The ACS estimates are often used to track shifting demographics, learn about the local communities, and establish priorities for allocating funding and resources effectively for research and advocacy work.