Health Data

The new health data available in Census Research Data Centers (RDCs) is provided by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).  Both NCHS and AHRQ are government agencies charged with collecting high-quality data on our healthcare system and the health of our nation's citizens.  This data is used both for research and policy purposes.

Both NCHS and AHRQ also have deal responsibility of disseminating data as widely as possible and protecting the confidentiality of respondents.   To satisfy these competing responsibilities, NCHS and AHRQ both make confidential data available to qualified researchers through their Research Data Centers.  In an effort to further expand access to confidential data, NCHS and AHRQ now allow access through the Census Bureau's network of RDCs. More information on this partnership is available here or here

A wide range of data is available through the RDC partnership.  For summaries of specific datasets, please click the links at the right.


National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES)

National Health Interview Survey (NHIS)

National Immunization Survey (NIS)

Vital Statistics Program

National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG)

Longitudinal Studies of Aging (LSOA)

National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey

National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey

National Survey of Ambulatory Surgery

National Hospital Discharge Survey

National Nursing Home Survey

National Home and Hospice Care Survey

National Employer Health Insurance Survey

National Health Provider Inventory

State and Local Area Integrated Telephone Survey Program

Linked Data: Mortality-, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services-, EPA-, Social Security Administration-Linked Data


Household Component

Insurance Component and Household Component- Insurance Component Link

Nursing Home Component (1996)

Medical Provider Component (except directly identifiable data)

Two-Year, Two-Panel Files

Area Resource File (county-level data that can be linked to MEPS-HC)

Linked MEPS-NHIS Files

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