The Area Health Resources Files (AHRF), provided by the US Department of Health and Human Services, encompass not only the basic county files but also state and national files. Together, these databases provide a comprehensive set of data offering a broad range of health resources and socioeconomic indicators which impact demand for health care. The AHRF provides current as well as historic data for more than 6,000 variables for each of the nation’s counties. The AHRF contains information on health facilities, health professions, measures of resource scarcity, health status, economic activity, health training programs, and socioeconomic and environmental characteristics. In addition, the basic file contains geographic codes and descriptors which enable it to be linked to many other files and to aggregate counties into various geographic groupings.
The state and national AHRF include in-depth demographic, workforce, employment and training data for 50 health care professions. These data are not available for smaller geographic areas, but provide a broad perspective on the health resources available from a state and national perspective.
County-level data and documentation can be downloaded in a single downloadable zip file contining the data use license agreement, all documentation, and the 2012-2013 Area Health Resources Files in ASCII format.
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