BERD Resources

Resources to look at county and state level aggregated population-based health indicators

Commonly used publicly accessible population-based data sets

Dataset Name Brief Description (from data website) Link Tutorial on how to access
U.S. Census (American FactFinder) American FactFinder provides access to data about the United States, Puerto Rico and the Island Areas. The data in American FactFinder come from several censuses and surveys. https://factfinder.census.gov PDF
BRFSS 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. https://www.cdc.gov/brfss/annual_data/annual_data.htm  
NHANES The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) is a program of studies designed to assess the health and nutritional status of adults and children in the United States. The survey is unique in that it combines interviews and physical examinations. https://wwwn.cdc.gov/nchs/nhanes/Default.aspx  
SEER The Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) Program of the National Cancer Institute provides information on cancer statistics in an effort to reduce the cancer burden among the U.S. population. https://seer.cancer.gov/data  PDF
HCUP The Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) includes the largest collection of longitudinal hospital care data in the United States. https://www.hcup-us.ahrq.gov  

Tools to help you collect your own data

Tool Name Brief Description Link Tutorial on how to use
REDCap Research Electronic Data Capture (REDCap) is a secure web application for building and managing online surveys and databases.

UNMC Access only: https://unmcredcap.unmc.edu/redcap/

Video Tutorials: https://projectredcap.org/resources/videos/

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CCORDA Tips UNMC's Center for Collaboration on Research and Design provides researcher with good tips on how to structure your data properly for analysis and create a data dictionary. https://www.unmc.edu/publichealth/centers/ccorda/exceldata.html  

Excellent resources to find population-based health datasets (can search by topic):

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