Community Nutrition Assessment Tools

Community Nutrition Assessment Tools

WIC Works Resource System Assessment Tools
Includes WHO growth standards for infants and children ages 0-2 years and WIC growth charts, and prenatal weight gain grids
http://wicworks.nal.usda.gov/assessment-tools

Moving to the Future
Tools for planning nutrition and physical activity programs developed by the Association for State and Territorial Public Health Nutrition Directors
www.movingtothefuture.org

 

Data Sources for Assessment

U.S. Census
Conducted once every 10 years by the U.C. Census Bureau; provides an official count of the U.S. population and information about social and economic needs of the community
http://factfinder2.census.gov 

American Community Survey
An on-going nationwide survey conducted every year by the U.S. Census Bureau; provides up-to-date information about social and economic needs of the community
http://factfinder2.census.gov 

Unemployment
Employment/unemployment data are released on a monthly basis
www.bls.gov

National Center for Vital Statistics
Collects and disseminates data regarding births, deaths, fetal deaths, etc.
www.cdc.gov/nchs/nvss.htm  

Health, United States
Presents an annual picture of the health of the entire Nation and disseminates data from national surveys like NHANES, NHIS, etc.
www.cdc.gov/nchs/hus.htm  

National Health & Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES)
Nationally representative survey of the U.S. population of all ages, race, gender, income levels, and geographic location that provides
www.cdc.gov/NCHS/nhanes.htm   

What We Eat in America (WWEIA)
The dietary intake component of NHANES
www.ars.usda.gov/Services/docs.htm?docid=13793

National Health Interview Survey (NHIS)
Provides current statistical information on the amount, distribution, and effects of illness and disability in the U.S.
www.cdc.gov/nchs/nhis.htm

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS)
State-based system of health surveys; collects information on health risk behaviors, preventive health practices, and health care access primary related to chronic disease and injury for the adult population
www.cdc.gov/brfss/

Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS)
National, state, and local school-based surveys or representative samples of 9th through 12th grade students; monitors health risk behaviors that contribute to the leading causes of death, disability, and social problems among youth and adults in the U.S.
www.cdc.gov/HealthyYouth/yrbs/index.htm

Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS)
Collects state-specific, population-based data on maternal attitudes and experiences before, during and shortly after pregnancy
http://www.cdc.gov/prams/

National Immunization Survey (NIS)
Nationwide survey that provides current, national, state, and selected urban-area estimates of vaccination coverage rates for U.S. children ages 19-35 months
www.cdc.gov/nchs/nis.htm

NIS Breastfeeding Survey Data
Since July 2001, breastfeeding questions have been asked on the NIS to assess the population’s breastfeeding practices
www.cdc.gov/breastfeeding/data/nis_data/

School Health Index
Online self-assessment and planning tool that schools can use to improve their health and safety policies and programs   
www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/shi/

National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH)
Primary source of information on the prevalence, patterns, and consequences of alcohol, tobacco and illegal drug use in the general U.S. civilian non-institutionalized population, aged 12 years and older
https://nsduhweb.rti.org/