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LeadingAge NY Highlights Available Data Sources for Planning and Grant Applications

LeadingAge NY is working to support its members’ efforts to engage in data-driven planning and to develop successful grant applications supported by compelling demographic, utilization, quality and cost data.  We will be expanding the data page of our website to provide more resources.  As a preview, we have assembled the data sources below. 

These sources include raw data and interactive tools concerning national, state and local demographics, health status, health system performance, health care utilization and spending, and Medicaid and Medicare enrollment and spending.  Many of these resources provide user-friendly tools that do not require expertise in analytics.  Others demand some experience with complex datasets.  LeadingAge NY members that need assistance with obtaining or analyzing data should contact Darius Kirstein.  Members that are seeking data to support efforts to improve operational efficiencies, market position and quality are encouraged to familiarize themselves with LeadingAge NY’s FASTracker and EQUIP and LeadingAge Insights.

U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey Narrative ProfilesInteractive tool that generates demographic profiles for specified geographic regions (state, county, MSA, census tract, etc.) 

NYC Department of Health and Mental HygieneProvides a variety of population health, environmental health and vital statistics data, including its “Epiquery” tool which provides population health data by UHF neighborhood.

County Health Rankings:  Developed by the University of Wisconsin’s Population Health Institute with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, this interactive tool measures and ranks performance on a variety of population health and clinical metrics by county.

NYS GIS Clearinghouse:  Contains mapping resources by county and statewide.

Commonwealth FundProvides state and local rankings using an interactive tool on a variety of health system performance metrics. 

Dartmouth AtlasProvides data through interactive tools on a variety of Medicare spending and utilization indicators by hospital and hospital referral region. 

NYS Department of Health PQI ToolProvides data by zip code and hospital on preventable hospital admissions based on 2008-09 SPARCS data.

NYS Department of Health Community Health Indicator ReportsProvide data on a variety of community health indicators by county.

NYS Department of Health Prevention Agenda 2013-17:  Provides the “blueprint for state and local action to improve the health of New Yorkers in five priority areas and to reduce health disparities.”

NYS Department of Health Behavioral Health Risk Factor Surveillance System: An annual statewide telephone surveillance system designed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). BRFSS monitors modifiable risk behaviors and other factors contributing to the leading causes of morbidity and mortality in the population.

NYS Department of Health Medicaid Enrollees and Expenditures by County

NYS Department of Health Managed Care Report

NYS Department of Health SPARCS Data (Hospital Discharges)

NYS Health Foundation“Health Care Costs and Spending in NYS,” Chart Book, February 2014

Center for Health Workforce Studies: 

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services:

Contact:  Karen Lipson, klipson@leadingageny.org; or Darius Kirstein, dkirstein@leadingageny.org, 518-867-8383