Using Data to Improve Health Services

Includes explanation of demographic and health data and best practices for using data to create community profiles

by Charles Rynerson, Sheila Martin

Target Skill Level: Beginner
Audience: Nonprofit staff

Using Data to Improve Health Services is a workshop for Community Supported Clinics hosted by the Population Research Center at Portland State University. The training emphasizes:

  • Important sources of data 
  • The construction of community profiles
  • Obtaining and mapping similar data


The training includes a comparison and discussion of Census data and ACS 1-year and 5-year estimates. Additionally, the training includes a section on accessing health data, evaluating the usefulness of potential health data, and survey methods. Finally, there is guidance for building community profiles. 


Creative Commons License

Course Categories: National Data Source