In many cases access to microdata files will be readily available on the individual survey websites. Visit the Data Access pages from NCHS for direct links to public-use data files and documention.
Check the ICPSR Data Archive.
Online data analysis tools may also be available on the survey website or through DataFerrett. Take a look at the Data Access Tools from NCHS for more information. Note the Integrated Health Interview Series from the Minnesota Population Center which provides access to microdata from the National Health Interview Survey.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is a cabinet-level executive agency of the United States Government. It is tasked to protect health and provide human services for all Americans. This is the federal organization under which almost all health-related data and statistics are produced.
Eleven agencies fall under the DHHS, and each may be responsible for collecting data in areas relevant to their mission:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is the largest producer of data out of all the other DHHS agencies.
The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) is an agency of the CDC. NCHS is the U.S. government’s principal vital and health statistics agency. Major NCHS data systems and surveys include:
Although the DHHS is the main producer of government health data, there are other government agencies that report on health-related data. For example:
The Census Bureau collects demographic information that is used to develop a baseline understanding about a population. Topics such as health insurance and disability are also included in Census Bureau data collection programs.
Bureau of Labor Statistics
Primarily collecting data on labor and employment, the BLS also provides reports on occupational injuries and fatalities.
State and Local Health Agencies
Local information will be reported by state health departments.