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2015 Community Health Data Base microdata now available!

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The initial data release of the Community Health Data Base’s 2014-2015 Southeastern Pennsylvania Household Health Survey, the oldest and largest regional health survey in the U.S., is now available through the Penn Libraries Web!

An overview of the Penn Libraries Community Health Data Base holdings is provided in our Community Health Data Base – Penn Libraries resources research guide. The SEPA Household Health Survey microdata web page provides links to codebooks and SPSS sav format microdata files for PennKey-holding Penn students, faculty, and researchers, covering the survey from 1994 to the current release. The Community Health Data Base Online Data Analysis Tool has not yet added the 2014-2015 SEPA HHS data to its coverage starting with the 2000 survey.

During December 2014 through March 2015, the 2014-2015 SEPA Household Health Survey, which is conducted bienially by the Public Health Management Corporation, interviewed approximately 10,000 households in Philadelphia and Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery Counties, with oversamples of adults 60 and 75 years and older and also of Asian households. For the 2014-2015 survey, 20 percent of the sample interviews included cellphone users.

The SEPA Household Health Survey asks a core set of health indicator questions, covering health status, disease prevention and access to care, personal health behaviors, health insurance status, women’s health, child health, and older adult health and social support needs. An overview of survey questions asked across 1996 through 2015 is presented in the Community Health Data Base 2015 Multi-Year Data Guide, in preparation. New questions for the 2015 survey include:

  • the Affordable Care Act
  • Long-term care insurance
  • HIV testing
  • E-cigarettes and vaporizers
  • Store tobacco and coupons
  • Sodium intake and awareness
  • CPR training
  • Contact with friends and relatives
  • Help from neighbors
  • Use of social media
  • Screen time
  • Preferred contact methods
  • Primary news source

More information on the range of SEPA HHS topics and findings may be found at the CHDB web site’s CHDB Publication and Presentations web page.

The current 2015 data release is the first release of the 2012 data. During the following months, the Public Health Management Corporation will release an update that includes Census Tract and Community identifiers for the five counties and Neighborhood, Planning Analysis Section, and Health District identitifers for Philadelphia County.

Early in the Fall 2015 semester, the Penn Libraries host an orientation programs for campus CHDB users. For more information, please do not hesitate to contact:

Lauris Olson, Coordinator of Social Sciences Collections

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