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Disability and Health Data System (DHDS)

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Getting Started Guide

Welcome to Disability and Health Data System (DHDS)! This tool provides access to state-level data about people with disabilities. There are three ways to view data in DHDS:

  1. Maps & Data Tables—View data on a single indicator for all states in a map or data table.
  2. State Profiles—View key statistics on a set of indicators for one state.
  3. Dual Area Profiles—View key statistics across multiple indicators for two geographic areas displayed side by side.

This guide will teach you how to find and view data, and will introduce supporting information that is available in DHDS.

Home Page

All of the data and supporting information available in Disability and Health Data System (DHDS) can be accessed through the DHDS Home Page. On the left side of the page is the navigation bar containing links to all of the sections of the system. In the center of the page is the access point to the data, and direct links to some highlighted information.

At any time, you can return to this page by clicking DHDS Home on the top of the left navigation bar, or by clicking DHDS Home in the navigation links.

Image of DHDS home page

Maps & Data Tables

The Maps & Data Tables section lets you view all data on an indicator to see how your state compares with others. To access the data from the home page, click on Maps & Data Tables in the left navigation, or the Browse Maps & Data Tables button in the View Data module.

Image of DHDS home page showing Maps & Data Tables

Browse Data

Once you arrive on the Maps & Data Tables page, you will see the data tree in the Browse Data box. Data are organized into: Disability Estimates, Demographics, Health Risks & Behaviors, Prevention & Screenings, Barriers & Costs of Health Care, General Health Conditions, Chronic Conditions, Injuries, Mental & Emotional Health, and Expenditures.

Image of Browse Data tree

Find an indicator by clicking the plus signs (+) to expand the tree. As you click through each level, the plus sign (+) will switch to a minus sign (–) to indicate that the level is open. If you decide that you do not want to view one of the levels you open, you can click the minus (–) sign to close the level.

For this example, we will choose Chronic Conditions. Click down through the data tree to find an indicator, for example Ever Had a Stroke. Once you have reached an indicator, you will see that the data are organized into data views. The data views represent the types of analyses available for the indicator.

For this example, we will choose to view Disability Status Data : Ever Had a Stroke.

Image of Browse Data tree open to dataviews

When you select a data view for an indicator, the next screen will provide display options. You will see the name of your selected data view at the top of the page. This indicates the type of data, indicator, and analysis you have chosen. You will see a table with two columns.

Image of display options for a dataview

The left column―“Location”―shows you that data are available for States/Territories. All data displays include data for each state and territory, U.S. Census divisions, U.S. Census regions, and the United States and Territories total.

The right column—“Maps & Data Tables”—allows you to choose the way you would like to display the data. There are nine display options for the data. Not all data views will have all nine options.

  1. Interactive Map (Standard Contrast)
  2. Interactive Map (High Contrast)
  3. Interactive Map for Mobile Devices (Standard Contrast)
  4. Interactive Map for Mobile Devices (High Contrast)
  5. Interactive Comparison Map (Standard Contrast)
  6. Interactive Comparison Map (High Contrast)
  7. Data Table (customizable)
  8. Data Table (Excel)
  9. Data Table (CSV)

Standard contrast maps are the default design, with a light background, dark text, and rust palette. High contrast maps have a dark background and light text, a gray palette, and a large font size designed for users who might have difficulty viewing sites with lighter background and darker text.

View an Interactive Map

The Interactive Map displays a selected data view through a map, data table, and bar chart. It is useful if you want to visually explore data values about one indicator for all areas. For this example we will choose standard contrast.

These maps can be viewed on any device that supports Flash using Adobe® Flash® Player version 9 or later.

Image of display options for a dataview with Interactive Map selected

Once you click the link, the map page will begin to load. The map is fully loaded when the loading bar disappears and the map appears in color.

Above and below the Interactive Map you will find the following information and links:

  1. The navigation links at the top of the page provide a trail to help you navigate back through the site.
  2. The data view name and display option chosen are shown above and to the left of the Interactive Map to help you remember your selection.
  3. There are links for additional help and alternate data display options above and to the right of the Interactive Map.

Image of Interactive Map

For detailed instructions on how to use the Interactive Map, please see the Interactive Map Guide.

View an Interactive Map for Mobile Devices

The Interactive Map for Mobile Devices displays a selected data view through a map, data table, and bar chart. It is useful if you want to visually explore data values about one indicator for all areas. For this example we will choose standard contrast.

These maps can be viewed on any smartphone, tablet, and all web browsers except Windows® Internet Explorer 8 or earlier.

Image of display options for a dataview with Interactive Map for Mobile Devices selected

Once you click the link, the map page will begin to load. The map is fully loaded when the loading bar disappears and the map appears in color.

Above and below the Interactive Map for Mobile Devices you will find the following information and links:

  1. The navigation links at the top of the page provide a trail to help you navigate back through the site.
  2. The data view name and display option chosen are shown above and to the left of the Interactive Map for Mobile Devices to help you remember your selection.
  3. There are links for additional help and alternate data display options above and to the right of the Interactive Map for Mobile Devices.

Image of Interactive Map for Mobile Devices

For detailed instructions on how to use the Interactive Map for Mobile Devices, please see the Interactive Map for Mobile Devices Guide.

View an Interactive Comparison Map

The Interactive Comparison Map is useful to visually compare two pieces of information about one indicator for all areas. It displays a selected data view through two maps, a data table, and a comparison plot.

For this example, we again will choose standard contrast.

Image of display options for a dataview with Interactive Comparison Map selected

Once you click the link, the map page will begin to load. The map is fully loaded when the loading bar disappears and the maps appear in color.

Above and below the Interactive Comparison Map you will find the following information and links:

  1. There are navigation links at the top of the page that provide a trail to help you navigate back through the site.
  2. The data view name and display option chosen are shown above and to the left of the Interactive Comparison Map to help you remember your selection.
  3. There are links for additional help and alternate data display options above and to the right of the Interactive Comparison Map.

Image of Interactive Comparison Map

For detailed instructions on how to use the Interactive Comparison Map, please see the Interactive Comparison Maps Guide.

View a Customizable Data Table

The Data Table (customizable) is a data table in HTML format that can be customized to include specific pieces of data for an indicator, including response levels, years, and associated data. Once a customized table is created, it can be exported to Microsoft® Excel (a spreadsheet application).

Image of display options for a dataview with Customizable Data Table selected

Once you click the Data Table (customizable) link, the page will begin to load.

The page contains the following information and links:

  1. There are navigation links at the top of the page that provide a trail to help you navigate back through the site.
  2. The data view name and display option chosen are shown at the top left of the page to help you remember your selection.
  3. There are concise instructions for how to create a table.
  4. There are links for additional help and alternate data display options at the top right of the page.

Image of Customizable Data Table

For detailed instructions on how to use the table, please see the Customizable Data Table Guide.

Download a Data Table

Data Table (Excel) and Data Table (CSV) allow you to view and save on your computer the full data set for the data view. This is a useful option if you would rather view the data in a spreadsheet format. Click the link for the file format that will work best on your computer.

Image of display options for a dataview with Downloadable Data Table selected

State Profiles

State Profiles provide a snapshot of key statistics to see how your state is performing across multiple indicators. To access the profiles from the home page, click State Profiles in the left navigation, or on the Browse State Profiles button in the View Data module.

Image of DHDS home page showing State Profiles

Once you arrive on the State Profiles page, you will see the profile tree in the Browse Profiles box. Find a profile by clicking the plus signs (+) to expand the tree. Click on a profile name, for example Tobacco Use.

Image of Browse Profiles tree

The next screen will provide a drop-down menu to choose your area. Once you select an area, the profile will begin to load.

Image of Choose an area on State Profiles

When the profile loads, you will find the following information and links:

  1. There are navigation links at the top of the page that provide a trail to help you navigate back through the site.
  2. There is a drop-down menu to change the area selection.
  3. The profile name and area selected are shown at the top left of the page.
  4. There are links for additional help and an alternate data display option at the top right of the page.

Image of a State Profile

Tips to use the profiles:

  1. Click a section name to jump to that information.
  2. Click a minus sign (-) to collapse a section.
  3. All information can be copied and pasted.

Dual Area Profiles

Dual Area Profiles provide a snapshot of key statistics across multiple indicators that are displayed side by side for two geographic areas, such as states and territories. To access the profiles from the home page, click Dual Area Profiles in the left navigation.

Image of DHDS home page showing Dual Area Profiles

Once you arrive on the Dual Area Profiles page, you will see the profile tree in the Browse Dual Area Profiles box. Find a profile by clicking the plus signs (+) to expand the tree. Click on a profile name, for example Health Overview.

Image of Browse Dual Area Profiles tree

The next screen will provide two drop-down menus to choose your areas. In the first drop-down you can choose from any state. In the second drop-down you can choose the United States & Territories total or another state. Once you select your areas, click Update Profile.

Image of Choose areas on Dual Area Profiles

When the profile loads, you will find the following information and links:

  1. There are navigation links at the top of the page that provide a trail to help you navigate back through the site.
  2. There are two drop-down menus and an Update Profile button to change the area selection.
  3. The profile name and the two areas selected are shown at the top left of the page.
  4. There are links for additional help and an alternate data display option at the top right of the page.

Image of a Dual Area Profile

Tips to use the profiles:

  1. Click a section name to jump to that information.
  2. Click a minus sign (-) to collapse a section.
  3. All information can be copied and pasted.

Methods

This section describes the details of how Disability and Health Data System data were analyzed. Click Methods in the left navigation bar to view this information.

Image of DHDS home page showing Methods

Definitions

All of the indicator definitions have been provided in either the Health Topic Data Guide or the Demographic Data Guide. Click Health Topic Data Guide in the left navigation bar to view definitions for one of the health indicators. Click Demographic Data Guide in the left navigation bar to view definitions for one of the demographic characteristics. Both guides contain links to definitions of Disability Status and Psychological Distress Status.

Image of DHDS home page showing Demographic Data Guide and Health Topic Data Guide

About

The About DHDS page contains information about who built Disability and Health Data System (DHDS) and why it was built. Click About DHDS in the left navigation bar to view this information.

Image of DHDS home page showing About DHDS

News

Recent news, such as updates to data and site features, will be posted to Disability and Health Data System (DHDS). Breaking news is highlighted on the home page. For more details and access to archived news, click either More News below the news on the home page or DHDS News in the left navigation bar.

Image of DHDS home page showing DHDS News

Accessibility

Disability and Health Data System (DHDS) was designed with consideration of our users’ needs. For more details and to view Access Keys information, click DHDS Accessibility in the left navigation bar.

Image of DHDS home page showing DHDS Accessibility

Additional Information

Additional resources related to the information in DHDS can be found in this section.

Image of DHDS home page showing Additional Information

Help

To access help materials for Disability and Health Data System (DHDS) click Help in the left navigation bar. A new window will pop up with DHDS Help.

On the left side of the page are two navigation bars with links to the help material. The top navigation bar links to our five help guides:

  1. Getting Started
  2. Interactive Maps
  3. Interactive Maps for Mobile Devices
  4. Interactive Comparison Maps
  5. Customizable Data Tables

The bottom navigation bar links to our general help information.

Contact Us

There is contact information on the right side of the home page under Contact Us. Email the Disability and Health Data System (DHDS) team at dhds@cdc.gov with questions you have about DHDS. For general questions, you can also contact CDC-INFO by calling 1-800-CDC-INFO or by clicking on Contact CDC-INFO to fill out a request form.

Image of DHDS home page showing the Contact Us information

 
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