The Simple Map allows the user to profile a county and compare counties on over 100 different indicators. The user can map different data indicators for all the counties in North Carolina by clicking on the "select data" button. Users can also screen for regions of the state by clicking on the "filter by region" button.
A Concise Introduction provides directions on how to use the Explorer.
The Health Data Explorer is organized around four data themes or series:
Series 1: Mortality Rates and Healthcare Resources - The Mortality Rates and Healthcare Resources Series includes mortality rates for major causes of death, counts, age-adjusted total mortality rates, and white and non-white rates and disparity rate ratios. It also includes rates of health professionals per 10,000 population.
Series 2: Social Life and Economy – The Social Life and Economy Series includes mortality data along with social and economic data (income, poverty rate, unemployment rate, education level).
Series 3: The Environment – The Environment Series includes mortality data and data on selected environmental influences by county (hazardous waste, air pollution, agriculture).
Series 4: Health Behaviors – The Health Behaviors Series includes mortality data along with data on health behaviors (personal exercise, consumption of fruits and vegetables, alcohol consumption). This data is taken from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), conducted annually by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. BRFSS data is sample data, so it is presented with 95% confidence intervals.
Data from the Health Data Explorer can be downloaded. To access the data click on any one of the Simple Maps (below). Then, click on the "link to data" button. Data can be downloaded by specific disease or by several other categories (see below).