Planning and Health Statistics

Tips for Making a Data Request

If you are interested in receiving data from Prince George's County Health Department, consider the following points before submitting your data request:

State the specific question that needs to be answered.

For example, the Health Department can provide a more thorough response to the question "What racial/ethnic groups are most affected by heart disease in Prince George's County?" than if someone requests "all of the heart disease information for the County".

List the populations or groups for which county-specific data is needed.

If applicable, list the racial/ethnic groups, age groups, gender, and/or other characteristics that define a specific group which should be addressed by the data request. For example, a request may state the need to know the "number of deaths due to heart disease among African American men age 65 and over by year for 1990-2000 in Prince George's County".

Provide the time frame covered by the data request.

Clearly state if the data collected should cover a single month, year, or range of time. For example, a request may state the need to know the "number of deaths due to heart disease among African American men age 65 and over by year for 1990-2000 in Prince George's County". Please note: year is the most common and readily available time frame for which data is available.

State the geographic area which is the focus of the data request.

The most commonly used geographic area or place used when providing health data is the entire County. For example, a request may state the need to know the "number of deaths due to heart disease among African American men age 65 and over by year for 1990-2000 in Prince George's County". Data may be available for smaller geographic areas such as zip codes, census tracts, and, less frequently, by town or city.

To make a Prince George’s County data request, contact: healthofficer@co.pg.md.us

Other Useful Web Sites

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The Maryland State Data Center

www.mdp.state.md.us/msdc/ 

This site provides useful data such as population and income statistics, as well as a variety of other statistics, on both the state and county level.

The National Library of Medicine

www.nlm.nih.gov 

This site provides free access to Medline (through PubMed), a searchable database of scientific publications related to health and medicine.

Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH)

http://dhmh.maryland.gov/vsa/SitePages/reports.aspx 

For Maryland Annual Vital Statistics Reports, including Maryland Infant Mortality Reports and Maryland Birth and Death data by jurisdiction.

Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH)/SHIP

http://dhmh.maryland.gov/ship/SitePages/Home.aspx 

For access to the Maryland State Health Improvement Process (SHIP) and SHIP County Health Profiles.

Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH)/Cigarette Restitution Fund

http://crf.dhmh.maryland.gov/SitePages/statistics.aspx 

or various cancer and tobacco use reports from the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Cigarette Restitution Fund Program.

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) Reports

http://www.cdc.gov/brfss/ 

For access to the Maryland Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) Reports, the Maryland Cancer Surveys, the Maryland Youth Tobacco Surveys, the Maryland Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) Reports, and the Maryland Assessment Tool for Community Health (MASCH) Report.

Maryland Youth Tobacco Surveys

http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/surveys/yts/index.htm  

Maryland Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) Reports

http://fha.dhmh.maryland.gov/mch/SitePages/prams_report.aspx  

Maryland Assessment Tool for Community Health (MATCH) Report

http://www.matchstats.org/  

U.S. Census Bureau

http://factfinder2.census.gov/faces/nav/jsf/pages/index.xhtml 

For access to U.S. Census Bureau data, including the 2010 U.S. Census, the American Community Survey, State and County QuickFacts, and other reports.

State of Maryland/Maryland State Police

https://www.mdsp.org/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=-fHdDU4-8Z4%3D&tabid=429&mid=1074

For access to the Maryland State Police Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program Reports.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

http://www.countyhealthrankings.org/#app/ 

For access to County Health Rankings and Roadmaps Reports.​