Sources of Local Data on Health
BEDHD actively monitors the health status of the community to identify and solve community health problems. In doing so, we use a wide variety of data sources as well as generate our own data via surveys. Contact Anne Barna, Health Analyst for more information on how to use health data to develop plans, programs, or otherwise improve health.
Behavioral Risk Factor Survey
The Behavioral Risk Factor Survey (BRFS) is used to track health conditions and risk behaviors that impact health at the local, state, and national level. For example, smoking and obesity rates are available through the BRFS.
Barry County 2008-2010 BRFS Report
Eaton County 2008-2010 BRFS Report
2006 Barry-Eaton BRFS Summary Report
2004 Barry-Eaton BRFS Summary Report
To request raw BRFS data files, or for assistance using BRFS data in the community planning, please contact Anne Barna.
Michigan Behavioral Risk Factor Survey
CDC Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System
Michigan Department of Community Health, Health Statistics and Reports
Health statistics are available for local health departments and counties through the State of Michigan. See Vital Statistics, Communicable Diseases, Health Care Statistics, Birth Defect Statistics, Cancer Statistics, and Population Trends.
Health Statistics Query Site
Queries may be run by state, county, health department, or civil division.
Michigan Profile for Healthy Youth
The MiPHY provides student results on health risk behaviors including substance use, violence, physical activity, nutrition, sexual behavior, and emotional health in grades 7, 9, and 11. The survey also measures risk and protective factors most predictive of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use and violence. Results are available every other year at the county level.
BEDHD has developed a MiPHY analysis toolkit to assist in the sharing and using of local data. The first part of the kit is an Excel file that can be used to enter in local district data – county data is already loaded. The Excel file is set up to automatically create a set of understandable charts to display the data. The second part of the kit includes four customizable Publisher templates on the main topics of the survey; Alcohol, Tobacco, and Marijuana Use, Sexual Behavior, Weight, Nutrition, and Physical Activity, and Safety: Violence, Bullying, and Mental Health. The Publisher documents are designed to accommodate the charts generated in the Excel file.
For assistance using these tools please contact Anne Barna, Health Analyst, at email@example.com . We’d like to know how you’ve used these in your community -- please e-mail Anne so BEDHD can continue to support community health assessment and improvement activities in the future. Thank you for attributing BEDHD as the source of these documents.
US Census Bureau
The United States Census and the American Community Survey provide a wide variety of demographic and community measures at multiple geographic levels that assist in community planning.
County Health Rankings
Community Health Status Indicators
Separate reports are available by county.
Kids Count in Michigan is part of a broad national effort to measure the well-being of children at the state and local levels, and use that information to shape efforts to improve the lives of children. KIDS COUNT is a project of the Michigan League for Human Services and Michigan’s Children.
Kids Count 2012 Data Book - Barry County
Kids Count 2012 Interperative - Barry County
Kids Count 2012 Data Book - Eaton County
Kids Count 2012 Interperative - Eaton County
Data is available by county on key maternal and infant health indicators, obtained from birth certificate records.
This national system is used to query a wide variety of health statistics at the local level.
USDA Food Environment Atlas
Get a spatial overview of a community’s ability to access healthy food and its success in doing so.
Michigan Traffic Crash Facts
Detailed query tool is available to investigate local crashes for a variety of variables, including alcohol-involved.