Health Professionals – Government Resources

Government Resources

The resources and databases below are not a comprehensive list of all available government resources, but should provide an excellent starting point for any searches that require government documents or statistics. is the primary portal for government information.

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality contains many helpful reports related to healthcare access and utilization.

Center for Health Care Strategies promotes high quality health care services for low-income populations and people with chronic illnesses and disabilities.

Center for Studying Health System Change informs health care decision makers about changes in the health care system at both the local and national levels and the effects of such changes on people.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Data has national data and statistics on matters of public health importance.

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is the federal agency that administers the Medicare, Medicaid and State Children's Health Insurance Program. is a registry of federally and privately supported clinical trials conducted in the United States and around the world. gives you information about trial's purpose, who may participate, locations and phone numbers for more details. This information should be used in conjunction with advice from health care professionals.

The Healthy People 2010 report contains 467 objectives that identify specific measures to monitor health. Data for the population-based objectives is presented separately for select populations, such as racial, gender, educational attainment or income.

FedStats provides access to the full range of official statistical information produced by the Federal Government without having to know in advance which Federal agency produces which particular statistic.

Health Insurance (US Census Bureau) provides the latest statistics on income, poverty and health insurance coverage in the United States.

Health Resources and Services Administation (DHHS) carries reports and data about access to care and other healthcare disparity issues.

Health Services Research Projects in Progress (HSRProj) provides information about ongoing health services research and public health projects.

Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) is a free, on-line query system based on data from the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP). It provides access to health statistics and information on hospital inpatient and emergency department utilization.

Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (US DHHS) is the most complete source of data on the cost and use of health care and health insurance coverage.

National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) is the US' principal health statistics agency, NCHS compiles statistical information to guide actions and policies to improve health and healthcare. A unique public resource for health information.

National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology (NICHSR) was developed to serve the information needs of the health services research community. This site includes links to data sources and tools useful for health services research.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) provides the latest national data on substance abuse and mental health issues.

Social Security Administration's mission is to advance the economic security of the nation’s people through compassionate and vigilant leadership in shaping and managing America's Social Security programs.

US Census Bureau is the primary source for United States Census data, covering a wide range of topics/issues.

US Department of Health and Human Services - Data Gateway brings together key health and human services data and statistics. It is designed to complement other government resources such as FirstGov and FedStats. The Gateway covers federal, state and local government sponsored information.