Essential Service 1 – Monitor Health Status

Monitor health status to identify and solve community health problems

Food Environment AtlasThe objectives of the Atlas are:

  • To assemble statistics on food environment indicators to stimulate research on the determinants of food choices and diet quality
  • To provide a spatial overview of a community‚Äôs ability to access healthy food and its success in doing so

The Atlas assembles statistics on three broad categories of food environment factors: food choices, health and well being, community characteristics.

Environmental Health Data Integration Network (EHDIN)

EHDIN is an innovative web-based data tool that allows users to create graphs, tables and maps of both environmental and public health data at the state and county level.

Environmental Health WebMaps

The application displays environmental health information from NCEH/ATSDR, NCEH/ATSDR funded programs, and other federal and state agencies through an interactive map for user defined communities or states.

New Hampshire Health Data Inventory

This website has been created to provide an inventory of existing health data to New Hampshire communities. The purpose of this inventory is to connect community residents to health data sources and to the stewards of these data sources.

Census Data

Current census data tables available for download.

Kaiser’s State Health Facts Resource

Online source for the latest state-by-state and national data on demographics, health and health policy.

The National Library of Medicine

The National Institutes of Health operates an interactive website that shows – on maps – the amount and location of certain toxic chemicals released into the environment. The site, called TOXMAP, is free.

US Cancer Statistics

Most comprehensive federal report available on state-specific cancer rates.

NH Environmental Data

Environmental public health tracking in New Hampshire including progress in providing environmental public health data for NH communities.

NH DHHS Data- Statistical Reports

Links to published reports organized by topic date.


A web-based data analysis system, that produces reports about common community health indicators. The NH HealthWRQS website includes information about the history and future of HealthWRQS, a menu-driven Report Library, a Report request function, and the ability to request access to the HealthWRQS system. The site was created through funding from the CDC Assessment Initiative.

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) Data

New Hampshire data on health risk factors from BRFSS including smoking status, diabetes prevalence, alcohol consumption, obesity, and physical activity.

Community Tool Box

The Tool Box provides over 6,000 pages of practical information to support your work in promoting community health and development. There are sections on leadership, strategic planning, community assessment, grant writing, and evaluation. Each section includes a description of the task, advantages of doing it, step-by-step guidelines, examples, checklists of points to review, and training materials.

The Community Health Assessment Clearinghouse

A “one-stop” resource for community health planners, practitioners, and policy developers including a 10 Step process for Community Health Assessment and links to numerous resources.

Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP)

MAPP outlines a community strategic planning process that will help system partners come together and plan for community health improvement. The four component process includes a Community Health Status Assessment (CHSA) which answers the question, “How healthy are our residents?” and “What does the health status of our community look like?” The CHSA provides a list of core indicators (data elements) for 11 broad-based categories (see Tools). Communities may also select additional indicators. By gathering data for each of the categories and assessing changes over time or differences among population subgroups or with peer, state, or national data, health issues are identified.