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NLAB 334 - Community Assessment Sources

Sources providing statistical data, and other types of information, at the national, state, and local level.

Health, Hospitals, and Social Services

Health, Hospitals, and Social Services

Adolescent School Health Program - This webpage from the Louisiana Bureau of Family Health provides information on school based health centers.

Annual Infectious Disease Surveillance Reports - These reports from the Louisiana Department of Health offer information and statistics on various diseases, such as HIV/AIDs, E-coli, and rotavirus. The data is available at the state level.

Children's Special Health Services - This webpage provides information regarding specialized health services for pediatrics in Louisiana. Resources include directories of helpful organizations and regional resources.

County Health Rankings, Louisiana or 4th Floor Louisiana Documents Stacks - H 1.2:CHR/year - This resource provides various statistics related to health, such as obesity, teen births, and doctor-to-patient ratios. It also includes social-economic factors and environmental factors. Most data is provided at the parish and state level.

Current Vital Event Data (State Center for Health Statistics) - This resource supplies statistical data on births, deaths, marriages, and divorces. Note that the coverage and currency of the statistics vary, but most are available at the state and parish level.

DHH Data Portal - This resource provides information regarding Health, Environment, and Population that the Department of Health tracks. Descriptions of different topics covered can be found to the left under What We Track.

Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services  - This official webpage provides descriptions of programs to help children and families, such as SNAP and foster care, as well as statistical information. Note that the coverage and currency of the statistics vary, but most are available at the state and parish level.

Louisiana Health Report Card - This resource collects health information for the state of Louisiana in various categories, including major diseases, birth weights, and drug addictions. Statistical data is also included in the appendices. The chapters generally provide information at the state and national level. The statistical data, which includes information such as top causes of death, can provide information at the parish level.

Louisiana Parish Health Units - This online resource provides directory information for parish health units. In addition to contact information, the directory lists which services are provided at the parish health units. Note that there may be multiple parish health units near a particular location.

Office of Behavioral Health (DHH) - This webpage provides information relating to behavioral health in Louisiana, including mental health and addiction. Note that offices are located via region rather than parish.

Reducing Childhood Obesity in Louisiana - This program from the Pennington Biomedical Center is aimed at reducing child obesity in Louisiana. Information in the executive report includes sources of data. Shorter, more focused reports are also provided.

VIA LINK (Community Resource Directory) - While not a government resource, VIALINK provides information regarding various community resources in areas such as health care, disaster services, and employment. Their searchable database of resources can provide city level information.