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

2009 2010 2011 2012 2013

 Teen birth rates

2009 2010 2011 2012 2013

 Preterm births

2009 2010 2011 2012 2013

 Low birth weight births

2009 2010 2011 2012 2013

 Very low birth weight births

2009 2010 2011 2012 2013

 Prenatal care first trimester

2009 2010 2011 2012 2013

 Prenatal care late-none

2009 2010 2011 2012 2013

 No prenatal care

2009 2010 2011 2012 2013

 Infant mortality

2009 2010 2011 2012 2013

 Fetal mortality

2010 2011 2012 2013

 Maternal mortality

2009 2010 2011 2012 2013

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Cancer

Cancer Community Needs Assessment and Patient Navigation

2014

 Breast cancer

1998-2006 - new cases
2007-2009 - new cases
2007 - hospital discharges
2006-2008 - deaths

 Cervical cancer

1998-2006 - new cases
2007-2009 - new cases
2006-2008 - deaths

 Colorectal cancer

2004-2006 - new cases
2007-2009 - new cases
2007 - hospital discharges
2006-2008 - deaths

 Lung cancer

2007 - hospital discharges

Prostate cancer

2007 - new cases

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.

Houston State of Health 2015-2016 Executive Summary
Houston State of Health 2015-2016 (full report)  
The State of Health in Houston and Harris County is a broad assessment of health and well-being in our community. This document (report) is a joint effort between Harris County Public Health and the Houston Health Department.

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.

Health of Houston Survey 2019 data
The Health of Houston Survey is the largest household health survey of Harris County and the City of Houston. It provides valuable information on an array of health topics at county, city and neighborhood levels.  Planning of the Health of Houston Survey 2016-2017 is underway and data collection will start in spring of 2017.