SOURCES OF DEMOGRAPHIC & HEALTH INFORMATION
FedStats: This site provides access to the full range of official statistical information available from the Federal Government (including population trends, education & health care costs). You can profile a geographic area of your choice, ranging from the nation as a whole to New York City and the Bronx.
Centers for Disease Control (CDC): This site provides data and statistics from the CDC, including vital statistics (birth, mortality), growth charts, injury statistics, the results of national surveys (e.g., BRFSS, NHANES, NHCS), and the Healthy People 2010 database.
Global Health Facts: The Kaiser Family Foundation provides a web site that allows you to search for demographic and health facts by country. You can also select a topic (e.g., HIV, TB, Malaria) and see how that topic compares across different countries.
NYC Vital Statistics:This site allows you to produce a "Community Health Profile" for different areas of New York City, including the Bronx. Simply type in the ZIP code of the area you are interested in at the bottom of the page and click "GO".
NYC Community District Profiles: This site provides vital statistics and demographic information for community districts in New York City, and displays a color map of the district you select showing residential and non-residential land uses. To view a profile, position your mouse over a district on the map included on the home page and then select (click on) the district number.
STATISTICS & RESEARCH METHODS RESOURCES
Hyperstat Online Textbook: This is an online statistics book with links to other statistics resources on the web.
Rice Virtual Lab in Statistics: This site includes Java applets that provide simulations/demonstrations of various statistical concepts (some of the simulations are pretty cool).
Research Methods Knowledge Base: This is a web-based textbook that covers all of the topics in a typical introductory course in research methods. It covers the entire research process including formulating a research question, selecting a study design, choosing a sample, defining the measures, analyzing the data, and writing the research paper.
Epi Info: This is a statistical software package that you can download for free from the Centers for Disease Control. It allows you to design a questionnaire or form, enter the data, and analyze it. Statistics, tables, graphs, and maps are produced with simple commands such as READ, FREQ, LIST, TABLES, and GRAPH.
Guides to using OvidSP and PubMed: The D. Samuel Gottesman Library at Einstein provides guides and tutorials on the use of OvidSP, PubMed, and related resources.
Bibliographic Management Software: These resources, which are provided by the D. Samuel Gottesman Library at Einstein, make it easy to collect and organize references to any type of information, from journal articles to multimedia files. The software also allows students and researchers to insert their citations into papers and format them for publication painlessly. The library offers assistance in using three of these popular programs, Refworks, Endnote, and Reference Manager.
Language Translation Website: Altavista offers a free online translation service. Simply copy and paste sections of the English document you want to translate, such as a survey or patient education material, and have it translated into one of the languages offered, which includes Spanish. Then cut and paste the translated text into a new word document. PLEASE NOTE: The resulting translation should be viewed as a literal and very rough draft. Before distributing the translated material, you should ask someone who is fluent in Spanish to proofread it and make any necessary corrections.
Partners in Information Access to the Public Health Workforce: This site is a portal to 100's of useful web sites, including those related to health promotion & health education, guidelines, health data tools & statistics, grants & funding, and conferences & meetings.
If you have a question about how to use any of these resources, or if you know of others, please contact Bill Burton at x.4259 or firstname.lastname@example.org.