The 500 Cities project is a collaboration between CDC, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the CDC Foundation. The purpose of the 500 Cities Project is to provide city- and census tract-level small area estimates for chronic disease risk factors, health outcomes, and clinical preventive service use for the largest 500 cities in the United States. These small area estimates will allow cities and local health departments to better understand the burden and geographic distribution of health-related variables in their jurisdictions, and assist them in planning public health interventions.
The annual County Health Rankings measure vital health factors, including high school graduation rates, obesity, smoking, unemployment, access to healthy foods, the quality of air and water, income inequality, and teen births in nearly every county in America.
HospitalFinances.org is a website run by the Association of Health Care Journalists (AHCJ). Their aim is to make nonprofit hospital finances easier to access, search and analyze. This site includes details of Form 990 filings, made by nonprofit hospitals and systems to the U.S. Internal Revenue Service. It does not include for-profit or government-owned hospitals.
A Form 990 is a tax return for organizations that are almost completely tax exempt. In return for being untaxed, the nonprofit must provide the public with the 990, which summarizes the group’s finances, pay and governance practices. Hospitals and systems are also required to include a Schedule H form with their 990, showing how their activities benefit the public. See more details about Schedule H under the “References and resources” link to the right.
The search results focus on key 990 elements. It includes basic finances, compensation of top executives, community benefits and other details. The data come from electronic filings that the hospitals send to the IRS. The website presentation does not include a complete copy of the 990, which can be requested from the hospital. (By law, they have to give it to you.) You can also get 990 copies from some of the groups under the link “References and resources” on the hospitalfinances.org homepage.
The California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) produces over 150 datasets and products taken from reports submitted to OSHPD by nearly 6,000 individual, licensed healthcare facilities including hospitals, long-term care facilities, primary care clinics, specialty clinics, hospices, and home health agencies.