Community Assessment – Statistics and Maps

To best serve our community, we identify health issues affecting Harris County residents. A series of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) maps and health statistics have been collected to illustrate the various health needs in our community. These maps include statistical information by ZIP code, access to presentations, and offer links to various other sources of community information.

Maternal Infant Health Indicators Maps

 Births in Harris County

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

 Teen birth rates

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

 Preterm births

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

 Low birth weight births

2005

2006

2007

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2009

 Very low birth weight births

2005

2006

 

2008

2009

 Prenatal care first trimester

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

 Prenatal care late-none

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

 No prenatal care

 

2006

2007

2008

2009

 Infant mortality

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

 Fetal mortality

 

 

 

2008

 

 Maternal mortality

 

2006

2007

2008

2009

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Cancer Incidence

 Breast cancer

   Hospital discharges

1998-2006

2007

 Cervical cancer

   Years compared

1998-2006

1998-2006

 Colorectal cancer

   Years compared

   Hospital discharges

   Crude rates

2004-2006  

1998-2006

 2007

1998-2006

2004-2006

 

 Lung cancer

   Hospital discharges 

 

2007

Medically underserved areas of Harris County
Maps of Harris County with areas highlighted

Health professional shortage areas of Harris County
Maps of Harris County with areas highlighted

Links to other sources of community data

County Health Rankings
A number of different health factors shape a community’s health outcomes. This County Health Rankings model includes four types of health factors: health behaviors, clinical care, social and economic, and the physical environment.

Community Needs Index (CNI)
To determine the severity of barriers to health care access in a given community, the CNI gathers data about that community’s socio-economy. For example, what percentage of the population is elderly and living in poverty; what percentage of the population is uninsured; what percentage of the population is unemployed, etc. Using this data we assign a score to each barrier condition (with 1 representing less community need and 5 representing more community need). The scores are then aggregated and averaged for a final CNI score (each barrier receives equal weight in the average). A score of 1.0 indicates a zip code with the lowest socio-economic barriers, while a score of 5.0 represents a zip code with the most socio-economic barriers.

The State of the Health Houston Harris County  
A site rich with population facts and factors influencing health in Houston and Harris County.

The Kinder Houston Area Survey - Rice University Kinder Institute for Urban Research
The annual Kinder Houston Area Survey has measured this region's remarkable economic and demographic transformations and recorded the way area residents are responding to them.

St..Luke’s Episcopal Health Charities Project Safety Net
St. Luke’s Episcopal Health Charities’ Project Safety Net is a community gift designed to allow users a single interactive bilingual website offering free health access information, such as safety net clinic locations, services, hours of operation, languages spoken and financial requirements.

America’s Health Rankings
For more than 20 years, America's Health Rankings® has been tracking the state of our nation's health. This analysis provides a comprehensive perspective on our national health issues, state by state. The 2010 Rankings features an interactive map where you can explore these statistics, compare states side-by-side, and learn what we can do to improve our health in the future.