After exploring your snapshot, you may be left with more questions than the snapshot can provide answers to, such as:
- Who is experiencing the worst health outcomes in my county?
- Are there neighborhoods that are experiencing particularly poor health?
- What about health conditions or health factors not measured in the Rankings?
The County Health Rankings data offers a starting place for understanding health in your community. In most places, there are likely additional state and local data sources available that can help answer these additional questions you or your community might ask. There are additional resources available to help you understand, process, visualize, and share data from the County Health Rankings or other data sources to begin the process of moving towards action to improve health in your county.
Health factors and outcomes can differ by age, gender, race, ethnicity, ability, and sexual orientation among many other characteristics within counties. Differences can also exist from one neighborhood or ZIP code to the next. This section shows you how you could further disaggregate ranked County Health Rankings measures.
Find More Data
Many health factor and health outcome measures exist that we do not include in the County Health Rankings, either because they are not available across the nation or because they are unreliable. The Finding More Data section of this guide links you to national and state data sources where data has already been collected on other health measures.
Mortality and Life Expectancy Calculator
This tool was developed by County Health Rankings & Roadmaps as a way to allow users to more actively engage with their own data. The goals of this tool are to:
- Give users an easy-to-use template for calculating the same mortality metrics we use on our website, and
- Give advanced users a template for how to complete the background calculations needed for life expectancy.
If you need more guidance about which measures might be useful, visit our Assess Needs and Resources Action Step or contact us. Remember, you know your community best, so don’t get buried in the mounds of data that exist. Improvement in community health happens when communities work together using many forms of data, including resident perspectives, to determine where it is most important to take action.