Health Data

Alabama Community Health Resource Guide

The Alabama Community Health Resource Guide was developed to help grassroots organizations and health professionals identify local and regional health status issues, integrate issues of rural health care into economic development and community planning, assist communities with grant writing and provide baseline health data for evaluation of community programs.

This guide is divided into four sections:
1. Unique Alabama factors affecting the health care delivery system
2. Tips on presenting health data
3. Data report examples
4. Resources for finding health-related data

Alabama Community Health Resource Guide (12 MB)

County Health Profiles

The County Health Profiles publication displays the health profile of the state overall, and profiles for each of the state's 67 counties. Data for the state and each county are displayed on two pages. Various footnotes give explanatory details about the different kinds of rates and percentages presented in the tables. This publication and many other reports that are prepared by the Alabama Department of Public Health, Center for Health Statistics, are available at Health Statistics. That site also contains many charts, graphs and maps that are not included in individual publications as well as data for previous years.

A comparison of health data by county, state, and national levels, for 90 different rural health status indicators, may be found in the section entitled Selected Health Status Indicators (By County).

Selected Indicators of Health Status in Alabama Reports

This series of reports presents information on selected rural health status indicators for the United States, Alabama, rural counties, urban counties, Alabama Rural Action Commission districts, the Black Belt Action Commission district, Alabama's Appalachian Region counties, and Alabama's Delta Region counties.

This report includes descriptive totals and rates for the nation, Alabama, rural and urban counties, Alabama Rural Action Commission regions, special regions, and counties describing mortality due to heart diseases, cancer, cerebrovascular diseases (stroke), accidents, and diabetes. Information describing those at risk and how to lower risk is also presented.

Selected Indicators of Health Status in Alabama

This is a series of reports that are developed to assist those seeking to improve health care in rural Alabama. Each report includes information on 68 different rural health status indicators, comparing the rural and urban counties in the Alabama Rural Action Commission regions and the Black Belt Action Commission region to the State of Alabama and the United States (where possible). Regional reports can be used in conjunction with the County Specific Data in identifying specific health related concerns at the county level. While this series of reports was primarily developed to assist those volunteering to work with the Alabama Rural Action Commission and Black Belt Action Commission, this information should be of value to anyone with an interest in Alabama's rural health care.

Alabama Rural Action Commission Regions

Region 1: North Alabama Action Commission
Region 2: West Alabama Action Commission
Region 3: Central Alabama Action Commission
Region 4: East Alabama Action Commission
Region 5: South Central Alabama Action Commission
Region 6: Tombigbee Action Commission
Region 7: Wiregrass Action Commission
Region 8: Southwest Alabama Action Commission
County Specific Data

Selected Health Status Indicators (By County)

This is a series of reports that are developed to assist those seeking to improve health care in rural Alabama. Each report includes information on 90 different rural health status indicators, comparing the county to Alabama and the nation.

Selected Health Status Indicators (By County) Archives

Selected Health Status Indicators: Alabama's Caucasian and African American Populations

This report is developed to assist those seeking to improve health care and health status among Alabama's African American and White communities. Over 100 health-related indicators are included comparing Alabama's African American and Caucasian populations to each other and the national African American and Caucasian populations.


Page last updated: April 13, 2017