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Quick Health Data Online

Provided below is a step-by-step introduction to Quick Health Data Online (QHD). This infomation is also available in PDF format (35 KB).

A complete tutorial is also available, which provides a full overview of the system.

Getting Started

From the left navigation panel, select "Start System."

Begin the three-step data selection process described below.

Step One: Select Variable

This page allows you to select data from the QHD database.

  • Click on the data category desired (e.g., Demographics).
  • Click the down arrow next to the "Select One" window. A drop down list of all topic areas within the main category that you selected will appear. By clicking on a particular drop down sub-category, the full listing of data available will be shown.
  • Select data component. You can select data components one-by-one by highlighting the component then clicking on the "Add" button. You can select more than one component by clicking on the components you are interested in while holding down the Control key. By clicking the "Advanced Search" box, you can select a specific gender, race or year.

Step Two: Select Geographies

This page allows you to select geographic areas to look at either by using the pale purple tabs towards the top of the page, by using buttons on the left of the page or by using the check boxes. Remember to click on the "Add" button below the selection window.

  • Tabs: You can click on one of the three purple tabs to select geographic areas. You can select by Geography (county, state, region and/or nation), by State or by Region (DHHS regions).
  • Buttons: You can also select all counties in a particular state, entire the region, or metropolitan area by clicking on a button on the left side of the page and filtering on the choices on the right to select as many or few of the areas as desired.
  • Check Boxes: You can also select all geographic units in a category by clicking on the boxes below the selection window. Using check boxes, you can select all counties (3,100+), all states (including DC and territories), all regions (10 DHHS regions) or the nation.

Step Three: Generate Report

The Generate Report tab opens a new window with the data components and geographic areas that you selected displayed in a table. There are many options for viewing and exporting results:

  • Charts: To view data in a chart format, click on the "View Chart" link on the top of the page. Use dropdowns to select chart types, etc.
  • Maps: To view a map of your data, click on the "View Map" link on the top of the page.
  • Export: To export data, click on the "Download in CSV format"link on the top of the page.

Note: Data are available at a range of geographic levels. When data within a sub-category are available only at the state level or higher (e.g., no county level data are available), the sub-category name is followed by "-State."

Data Descriptions: At any point in the selection process, a more detailed description of a data component can be seen by highlighting a variable of interest and clicking on the Details box to the right of the selection window. A description of the component will come up. Highlighting and clicking on the "Sources" box will give you information about the source of the data component.

This How-To Guide may be downloaded in PDF format (35 KB).

System Tutorial

The comprehensive online tutorial provides a step-by-step walk through of the system including screens encountered, menus available, and procedures for completing data searches and extractions.

Additional information about using Quick Health Data Online may be found under Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).