Publications, Reports and Data


Local Data and Statistics

Olmsted County Public Health produces a variety of publications for adults, families and businesses, including several newsletters and community assessments and reports that help guide our work and assure our programs are designed to address the needs of our community. These are listed in the left hand navigation.

Olmsted County Community Services 
A variety of annual reports from all divisions (adult & family services, child & family services, community corrections, and family support and assistance.

Local Demographics/Census Data
City, county, state and federal links and information provided by the Rochester Olmsted Planning Department.

State Data and Statistics


Minnesota Department of Health (MDH)
Data related to Diseases and conditions, environmental health, health behaviors/risk factors, healthcare systems, vital statistics, life stages and populations and summaries and assessments:

The Minnesota County Health Tables
Compilation of public health data for Minnesota and its 87 counties. The County Tables are published yearly starting in 2002. 

Minnesota Student Survey (includes aggregate data for Olmsted County)
Conducted every three years among three populations of students in Minnesota public schools. The survey asks questions about activities, experiences, and behaviors.  Topics covered include tobacco, alcohol and drug use, school climate, physical activity, violence and safety, connections with school and family, health, and other topics.  Questions about sexual activity are asked only of high school students.

MN Public Health Data Access Portal
Allows for comprehensive, integrated health and environmental data by topic areas (e.g., childhood immunization, childhood lead poisoning, obesity, poverty and income, air quality, asthma, etc.)

MN Vital Statistics Interactive Queries
The Minnesota Vital Statistics Interactive Queries (I.Q.) allows the user to customize on-line queries of birth, death and population data. It produces data tables, charts, maps at a county, regional and statewide level.

MN STD Surveillance Statistics
Annual summary of reportable STDs dating back to 1999, data tables, slide presentations, and link to national STD surveillance reports.

Substance Use in Minnesota (SUMN)
Provides data on over 100 indicators of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug consumption patterns, consequences, and contributing factors in Minnesota.  Data are provided at the county level, regional, and state level, and by demographic group when possible.

National Data and Statistics


US Census QuickFacts
QuickFacts includes statistics for all states and counties and for cities and towns with more than 5,000 people.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, FastStats A - Z
The FastStats site provides quick access to statistics on topics of public health importance and is organized alphabetically. Links are provided to publications that include the statistics presented, to sources of more data, and to related web pages

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics
The CDC A-Z Index is a navigational and informational tool that makes the Web site easier to use. It helps you quickly find and retrieve specific information. The A-Z index is structured so that synonyms, acronyms, and cross-referencing provide multiple ways for you to access the topics and features on The index includes common and scientific terms to meet the needs of consumers as well as health professionals.

The Annie E. Casey Foundation, Kids Count Data Center
The KIDS COUNT Data Book is an annual publication that assesses child well-being nationally and across the 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.  Using an index of 16 indicators, the annual report ranks states on overall child wellbeing and in four domains: (1) economic well-being, (2) education, (3) health, and (4) family and community.  The report also provides national trends, comparing the latest data with mid-decade statistics.

Child Health USA
Child Health USA is the Health Resources and Services Administration's annual report on the health status and service needs of America's children. The book is a compilation of secondary data for many health status indicators, and provides both graphical and textual summaries of data and addresses long-term trends.

County Health Rankings
The annual County Health Rankings is collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.  The Rankings measure vital health factors, including high school graduation rates, obesity, smoking underemployment, access to healthy foods, the quality of air and water, income, and teen births in nearly every county in America.  The Rankings provide a revealing snapshot of how health is influenced by where we live, learn, work and play.  Rankings are compiled using county-level measure from a variety of national data sources and separated into two overall ranks:

1.  health outcomes: how healthy a county is now;
2.  health factors: how healthy a county will be in the future

Healthy People 2020
Healthy People provide science-based, 10-year national objectives for improving the health of all Americans. For 3 decades, Healthy People has established benchmarks and monitored progress over time.

National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (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.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration  
Data, Outcomes, and Quality related to behavioral health prevalence data, emergency room data, facilities data, and treatment data. 

National Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS)
The BRFSS is the world's largest, on-going telephone health survey system.  It is supported by the CDC and is conducted in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and three U.S. territories (Guam, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands).

Youth Risk Behavior surveillance System (YRBSS) â€“ Minnesota uses the Minnesota Student Survey, not YRBSS
The Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) monitors six types of health-risk behaviors that contribute to the leading causes of death and disability among youth and adults.  Includes: behaviors that contribute to unintended pregnancy, STDs, injuries and violence; alcohol and other drug use; tobacco use; dietary behaviors; physical activity; obesity and asthma.