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Community Health Statistics


 About the Community Health Statistics Unit

Community Health Statistics provides health statistics that describe health behaviors, diseases and injuries for specific populations, health trends and comparisons to national targets. Community Health Statistics also provides or refers persons to available local, state and national statistics.

The purpose of the Community Health Statistics Unit is to meet the data needs of local health professionals, community-based organizations, the general public and County staff for community health statistics. Here is a printable flyer about our unit with contact information. For Data Requests or more information send us an e-mail.

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Facilities where this Service is offered:

What's New!(as of 04/01/2014)

  • 2012 Demographics Profiles (See Regional & Community Data)

Site Contents


In addition to providing data, we also have workshops to educate the public on available Public Health Services Data.

Public Health Services Data Workshops will help you learn more about the public health services data available and how to access it. The Workshop is offered in a 2-part series: Get to Know Public Health Services Data and Learn to Use Public Health Services Data. Check back often for updates on when we will hold our next workshop, or join our mailing list to receive updates here (available soon). 

Slides from workshop:

Regional & Community Data 



Community Profiles contain the most recent demographic, economic, behavioral, and health data available by Region and community.  For example, you can find the size of the population in the County, the median income in a specific community, the percentage of San Diegans who are current smokers and the rate of death due to stroke among a particular age group. The documents provides a variety of health-related information about San Diego County and its communities.


Community Profiles Archives 

Health Briefs -easy-to-read, printable health statistics by Region using data from the Community Profiles and the 2011 California Health Interview Survey (CHIS). Each health brief is divided into non-communicable disease, communicable disease, maternal & child health, injury, and behavioral health data.

CDC Winnable Battles -public health priorities identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), where significant progress can be made in a short (1-4 years) timeframe. In the following document, the "winnable battles" are identified and addressed from a San Diego County perspective.

California Health Interview Survey (CHIS) - a source of information on health and access to health care services. The survey is conducted every two years through telephone surveys of adults, adolescents, and children, and is the largest state health survey in the nation. In the following documents, information from CHIS is presented and used to estimate the number of residents represented by the survey data. Both County-level and Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) Region-level information is provided.

3-4-50: Chronic Disease in San Diego County

San Diego County Motor Vehicle Crashes: 1998-2010 - summary of traffic related crashes, injuries, and death in San Diego County from 1998 through 2010. 

Vulnerable Populations

  • Atlas of Foreign-born Populations in San Diego County 2005-2009 - An atlas containing four map series and two data tables summarizing information from the American Community Survey (ACS) from 2005-2009 on the origins and English-speaking ability of foreign-born populations in San Diego County at the Census Tract level.
  • County of San Diego TB Control and Refugee Health Program Website


Disease Information 



The following documents offer disease specific information, such as risk factors for developing the disease, prevention resources, and national, state, and local rates of disease. More information on disease rates within San Diego County and its communities can be found in the Regional & Community Data section above.

Fact Sheets, Critical Pathways, Briefs and Slide Sets - The Fact Sheet is a single page for the general public with basic facts, risk factors, and prevention resources. The Critical Pathway is a single page that describes a pathway of disease based on risk factors that are either modifiable or non-modifiable, and displays data for risk factors in the general population and medical encounter data for the disease. Briefs are a more in-depth document with facts, risk factors, national, state and local data.  The Slide Sets may be used in a presentation with basic facts, risk factors and local data.

Coronary Heart Disease:Fact Sheet  Critical Pathway  Brief    Slide Set

Stroke:Fact Sheet  Critical Pathway  Brief    Slide Set

Cancer:Fact Sheet  Critical Pathway   Brief     Slide Set

Diabetes:Fact Sheet  Critical Pathway  Brief    Slide Set

Asthma:Fact Sheet  Critical Pathway   Brief     Slide Set

COPD:Fact Sheet    Brief    Slide Set

HIV/AIDS:Fact Sheet  Critical Pathway  Brief    Slide Set

Infant Mortality:Fact Sheet  Critical Pathway  Brief    Slide Set

Obesity:Fact Sheet  Critical Pathway  Brief    Slide Set

Childhood Obesity:Fact Sheet   Critical Pathway   Brief   Slide Set

Unintentional Injury:Fact Sheet    Brief   Slide Set





Senior Falls Report -collaborative project with Aging & Independence Services describing the devastating impacts of falls in San Diego County for residents aged 65 years and over.

San Diego County Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) System Review Committee Report, 2008-2011 - collaborative project with the San Diego County SART System Program analyzing program feedback from survivors of sexual assault.

Regional Health Status Reports -reports highlighting and summarizing demographic, health, and behavioral data for the six HHSA Regions and the rural area of San Diego County.

Unintentional Injury in San Diego County- a collaboration by the County of San Diego's Community Health Statistics Unit, Safe Kids San Diego, and the Trauma Research & Education Foundation detailing death, hospitalization, and emergency department discharge data on all unintentional injuries in San Diego County.

Suicide in San Diego County 2000-2009 - a detailed report summarizing data collected by the County of San Diego Medical Examiner's Office on all suicides that occurred in the County between 2000 and 2009.

Maternal & Child Health Needs Assessment - a detailed report summarizing an assessment of the health and well-being of San Diego's pregnant women, infants, children and adolescents.


New! Healthy People 2010 San Diego: A Decade of Progress - based on the national Healthy People 2010 framework of objectives.  

  • Full Report data, graphs and discussion, includes regional data for many indicators.
  • At-a-Glance a summary table for quick comparison of data points for San Diego County, California, the U.S. and the Healthy People 2010 targets as well as progress indicators.

San Diego Senior Health Report - collaborative project with Aging & Independence Services addressing health issues for seniors.

The Economic Burden of Chronic Disease in San Diego County - looks at estimates of direct costs for several chronic diseases in San Diego County, including cancer, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, respiratory diseases, hypertension and mental disorders.

3-4-50: Chronic Disease in San Diego County - 3 behaviors lead to four chronic diseases that represent 50% of deaths worldwide. This report looks at 3-4-50 concept and chronic diseases in San Diego County.

Critical Pathways - describes a pathway of disease based on different types of risk factors. They also display data for risk factors in the general population and medical encounter data for the disease. This tool may help guide interventions by quickly identifying potential high impact opportunities. This document includes pathways for these diseases: Coronary Heart Disease, Stroke, Cancer, Diabetes, Asthma, HIV/AIDS, Infant Mortality, and Obesity (to access a single page for a specific disease rather than the entire report, scroll up to the Disease Information section above).




The following maps are available as PDF files. Some of the maps are interactive.

Heat Vulnerability Atlas - shows areas of San Diego County where residents are at increased risk for heat-related illness.

Chronic Disease Atlases - rates of chronic diseases are mapped by community (SRA) and include death, hospitalization, and emergency department discharges, as available.

Obesity Trends in Adults, US By State and San Diego County - a PowerPoint showing 25 years of obesity data from Behavior Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS). Data is shown for U.S. adults by state and for San Diego County for years 1985-2009.

UPDATED!Healthcare Shortage Atlas - shows designated Health Professional Shortage Areas and Medically Underserved Areas, determined by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Retailers Atlas - street level grid maps showing the location of retailers who accept EBT cards within San Diego County.

Women, Infant and Children (WIC) Vendors Atlas - a series of maps showing the location of vendors who accept vouchers for the WIC Supplemental Nutrition Program.

Alcohol Retailer Atlas - shows the location of selected alcohol retailers in San Diego County using data from the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.

Community Features Atlas Series - street level grid maps showing various features in San Diego County communities. To go to a specific map, note the grid page number on the Index Grid Map. Using the Find function (Ctrl+F) type Grid Page and the number.  


Links to More Resources 


Links to data, statistics, and reports prepared by County of San Diego Public Health Services branches:

Community Epidemiology - works to identify, investigate, register, and evaluate communicable, reportable, and emerging disease and conditions to protect the health of the community

Emergency Medical Services Branch - ensures that emergency medical services, including 9-1-1 ambulance services, and trauma care services are of the highest quality.

HIV/AIDS Epidemiology Unit - collects, analyzes, and disseminates local HIV and AIDS data to a broad audience.

HIV, STD and Hepatitis Branch - part of the Public Health Services for the County of San Diego.

Maternal, Child and Family Health Services - compiles, analyzes, monitors, and disseminates selected health indicators on women, children and families in the community. Further links for statistical tables compiled by this unit can be found on the homepage hyperlinked above.

San Diego Immunization Program - provides timely immunization information and links to resources and services to the residents of San Diego.

Tuberculosis Control and Refugee Health Program - partners with various communities and organization to address health concerns affecting newly arriving refugee groups.

Links to data, statistics, and reports by other County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency divisions:

Self-Sufficiency Programs - branch of the Health and Human Services Agency that provides social welfare services to citizens in need.

  • Program Trend Data - contains trend data on five self-sufficiency programs: CalWORKS, Low Income Health Plan, County Medical Services, CalFresh/SNAP, and Medi-Cal.

Office of Strategy Management - provides a wide range of strategic management and accountability services to help the Health and Human Services Agency recognize and maintain new challenges, capitalize on emerging opportunities and proactively identify and address program performance problems.

  • Report Card - provides a snapshot of the overall health and well-being of San Diego County's children and families.

Links to Health Data Resources:

American Fact Finder - source for population, housing, economic, and geographic data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) - the world's largest, on-going telephone health survey system, tracking health conditions and risk behaviors in the United States yearly since 1984, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development

  • Data & Reports - Statewide and county level data on hospitals, primary care/specialty clinics and more.

State of California Department of Health Care Services

California Department of Public Health (CDPH)- prepares an annual report, County Health Status Profiles, which shows data from all counties in California and as statewide data.

California Health Interview Survey (CHIS)- the nation's largest state health survey.

CA Department of Education Data Quest - query system for Fitness Gram, school enrollment, special education and many more education-related topics.

Child Welfare Dynamic Report System - provides data for children from the CWS/CMS system.

Community Health Improvement Partners (CHIP)- works to improve the health of all San Diegans through needs assessment, advocacy, education, and programs best accomplished collectively.

  • Needs Assessment - provides science-based, 10-year national objectives for improving the health of all Americans.  Healthy People 2020 was launched December 2010.

  • DATA2010 - the database that was used for creating HealthyPeople 2010.

National Center for Health Statistics - from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG)

San Diego Regional Asthma Coalition- provides leadership in identifying, mobilizing and coordinating resource to positively impact the lives of people affected by asthma.

Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) - monitors six types of health-risk behaviors that contribute to the leading causes of death and disability among youth and adults.