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Will the data be updated?

Yes, the Office on Women's Health routinely updates Quick Health Data Online as data become available.

Some variables were reported with zeros while others are blank. What is the difference?

Zero values are reflective of NO occurrences of the event in that period of time. Blanks represent unavailable data either due to suppression or because it was not reported or provided. For information on suppressions and reporting, please see Methods and Sources.

How did you calculate rates?

Detailed information on calculations, age adjustment and other methodology is provided in the online Sources documentation. The most commonly presented rates are calculated as follows:

  • Death Rate = (# deaths / total population) * 100,000
  • Disease Rate = (# observed counts of disease / total population) * 100,000
  • Birth Rate = (# of births / total population) * 1,000
  • Fertility Rate = (# of births / female population age 15-44) *1,000
  • Pregnancy Rate = ((# of births + abortions + fetal deaths) / female population age 15-44) *1,000
  • Maternal Death Rate = (# of maternal deaths / # of births) * 100,000

Do you have a list of all the variables in the system?

A complete variable list is provided in the online Sources documentation. It can be accessed from the left navigation bar by clicking on the link titled Sources and then using the link to "information on all sources in the system." Click on the "Complete Variable List" in the Sources documentation Table of Contents to see variables arranged by Group and Sub-Group. Source documentation may also be reached directly.

How can I see more information about the variables in the system?

At any point in the selection process, a more detailed description of an element can be obtained by highlighting the variable of interest and clicking on the blue "Details" button to the right of the selection window. Once the "Details" button is clicked, a fuller description of the element appears in your browser window, as shown below.

More detailed information regarding the source of a data variable and explanatory information may also be obtained by clicking on the "Sources" button to the left of the "Details" button. Complete Sources documentation can also be accessed from the left navigation bar by clicking on the link titled Sources and then using the link to "information on all sources in the system." Or go there directly.

How do I use the Advanced Search feature?

Advanced Search allows users to filter variable lists by gender, race/ethnicity, and year. Users may also enter keywords to filter data. Once a user has selected the category and sub-category of data, click on the box next to "Advanced Search." When this box is selected, the Advanced Search field will expand and users can use drop down boxes to filter sex, race/ethnicity and year, as shown below.

Users may also choose to enter a keyword to limit the number of variables listed. Users should enter their text into the Keyword box then click on the green search button. Please note that the keyword filter is very sensitive. In addition, the system often uses abbreviations in variable names (e.g., "Dis" instead of "Disease"). As a result, users are encouraged to use simple keywords or to consider using just the first several letters of a keyword rather than the full word.

I'm using Advanced Search but no data are being displayed.

Advanced Search filters a sub-category of data at the discretion of the user. Users must be aware that not all genders, races/ethnicities, or years are available for all categories and sub-categories of data. If, no data are appearing while using Advanced Search filters, please remove some or all of the filters.


Why is my report blank?

Among the reasons for this are:

  • No geographic areas were selected. Make sure you have selected at least one valid geographic area.
  • An invalid geographic area was selected. For example, if state data were selected in Step 1 and counties were selected in Step 2, no data will appear in the output report. Note, any drop-down data category ending in "- State" contains only state, regional and national level data.
  • Geographic areas were selected where the data have been suppressed due to small numbers.
  • Data are not available either because the state does not release the data requested, does not collect the data, and/or did not respond to particular survey questions.


How can I get a chart to print on one page instead of two?

All reasonably sized charts will print on a single page by selecting Landscape under Print Options. In general, the chart feature shrinks the horizontal dimensions to fit onto a single page. It may also be necessary to adjust the print margins on the "Page Setup" menu to zero.

Can I rescale the x- or y-axis on charts?

Users cannot rescale charts. The charting tool is a fixed routine and cannot be manipulated by individual users. If the user wants to create separate graphs that have the same scale, the data can be easily exported to Excel and graphs can be created and scaled to user-specified values.


Can I reset the ranges used on maps?

Yes, users may directly set the data ranges used on maps by selecting a Classification Method of "Custom" on the Generate Map selection and then entering each of the specific ranges of interest. As the range selections are changed the 'count' noted for each interval will also change, allowing users to see how their custom ranges will be displayed in advance. This feature permits creation of very customized maps such displaying as all counties achieving a particular Healthy People 2020 target and those not.
Note that in cases where a majority of cells are zeros, setting the Classification Method to "Equal Intervals" may be more effective than the default "Quantile" or "Custom" options.

Can I generate a map that shows only the selected state? When I generate a map now, it always shows parts of adjacent states.

Yes, by selecting "Get Static Map" the map will display only the selected geographic areas.


How do I export my data into Excel or another format?

To export data, click on the "Download in CSV format" link on the top of the report page.

Can I cut and paste tables, graphs and maps into a Word or PowerPoint document?

Yes, users can copy charts, maps and tables into Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and other packages in one of two ways:

  • With your cursor, hover over a map, chart or table. The Image Toolbar should appear with options to Save, Print or Email your image. Clicking on the save tool (the one that looks like a diskette) will save the image in the user's Picture file. When working in another application (e.g., a Word document), users can insert the saved image using the application's Insert/File/Picture commands.
  • Another approach is to simply right click on the map or chart and select Copy. The item may then be directly pasted into the desired document or file.

Where can I get information about data sources?

On the left navigation bar, click on the Sources link. Click on the link for "information on all sources in the system." Or go there directly.

Note: this list will grow as additional users' questions are received.