Data Resources

Data Resources

The American Community Survey is an ongoing survey that provides vital information on a yearly basis about our nation and its people. Information from the survey generates data that help determine how more than $400 billion in federal and state funds are distributed each year. Through the ACS, we know more about jobs and occupations, educational attainment, veterans, whether people own or rent their home, and other topics. Public officials, planners, and entrepreneurs use this information to assess the past and plan the future. When you respond to the ACS, you are doing your part to help your community plan hospitals and schools, support school lunch programs, improve emergency services, build bridges, and inform businesses looking to add jobs and expand to new markets, and more.


The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) is the nation’s premier system of health-related telephone surveys that collect state data about U.S. residents regarding their health-related risk behaviors, chronic health conditions, and use of preventive services. Established in 1984 with 15 states, BRFSS now collects data in all 50 states as well as the District of Columbia and three U.S. territories. BRFSS completes more than 400,000 adult interviews each year, making it the largest continuously conducted health survey system in the world.


Build Healthy Places Network, they  catalyze and support collaboration across the health and community development sectors, together working to improve low-income communities and the lives of people living in them.


County Health Rankings are based on a model of population health that emphasizes the many factors that, if improved, can help make communities healthier places to live, learn, work and play. Building on the work of America’s Health Rankings, the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute has used this model to rank the health of Wisconsin’s counties every year since 2003.


Expanding Audience and Impact, Nonprofits Communicating Data to External Audiences is a brief developed by the Urban Institute in July 2015.  Mindful of the real constraints that nonprofits experience in collecting and using data, this brief provides insights on how to present data to audiences outside of the walls of the nonprofit. It provides examples of and some strategies to effectively communicate program data with external stakeholders such as policymakers, funders, and clients.


Florida CHARTS (Community Health Assessment Resource Tool Set) is the one-stop-site for Florida public health statistics and community health data.  It provides public health statistics such as births, deaths and communicable and chronic diseases.


The Health Council of West Central Florida (HCWCF) is one of eleven health councils established by the Florida Statute in 1983. It is a private non-profit agency governed by a Board of Directors appointed by County Commissioners to represent the concerns of health care consumers, providers, and purchasers at the local level. HCWCF serves residents in Hardee, Highlands, Hillsborough, Manatee and Polk counties.


Healthy People 2020 provides science-based, 10-year national objectives for improving the health of all Americans. For 3 decades, Healthy People has established benchmarks and monitored progress over time in order to: Encourage collaborations across communities and sectors.


The Suncoast Health Council is one of eleven health councils established by the Florida Statute in 1983 to identify, address and resolve health care issues of local concern. The Health Council’s mission is to improve the health in Pinellas and Pasco through planning, education and service delivery. Explore the website to learn more about the Health Council’s efforts to “Make Health Happen” in Pinellas and Pasco County.