HHS Guidelines for Ensuring and Maximizing the Quality, Objectivity, Utility, and Integrity of Information Disseminated to the Public. III. Types of Information Disseminated by the Agency to the Public


HRSA disseminates a range of information to the public via the HRSA web site, the HRSA Information Center, and the Office of Communications. The HRSA Information Center is a gateway to information about HRSA programs. All information supplied through this center has been cleared through HRSA and ASPA. Through the Information Center, health care professionals, policymakers, researchers, and members of the public can obtain material on HRSA-supported health programs. The HRSA website also provides information, data, and reports on community health resources, health professions training, HIV/AIDS, managed care, maternal and child health, minority health, oral health, primary health care, rural health, and women's health. Within the HRSA web site there is a wealth of public information. Users of this site may review information on-line or download it for future use.

  1. Examples of Program, Policy, and Administrative data:

    1. The HRSA State Profiles features resources granted by the Agency within each state targeted to serve low-income, uninsured, and medically undeserved populations. To provide an understanding of each state's unique environment, the Profiles also include demographic data and health status indicators. Each State Profile features:

      • An overview of funds granted within a state
      • Selected demographic data
      • Health status and health care access indicators
      • Health care provider resources
      • Highlights of HRSA resources targeted in the areas of primary health care, health care provider resources, maternal and child health, public health, rural health, and HIV/AIDS.

      The State Profiles are six-page reports highlighting the health status of each State's population and HRSA's investment of health resources within each State and the District of Columbia for the years 1997 through 1999. Two categories of data are provided: program data describing resources provided to States by HRSA, and demographic and health status indicator data. For each data element, there are data definitions, source information, types of calculations and derivations, value ranges, and a description of the HRSA Program from which the data were collected. Users can create customized reports by selecting specific data elements, and can generate data to be imported into a spreadsheet or database.

    2. The HRSA HIV/AIDS Bureau State Profiles describe spending and service information of the Ryan White CARE Act programs. Information is provided on location of grantee, clients served, grantee accomplishments, and the characteristics of the HIV epidemic in the state (e.g., co-morbidities and other funding sources such as Medicaid, the largest payer of HIV/AIDS services in the nation), reporting requirements and progress reports for the Title I, II, III, and IV grantees; CDC Surveillance Reports; and other sources including Census and GAO.

    3. The Title V Information System (IS) provides information on the status of maternal and child health in the United States. Data are compiled from annual Title V Block Grant applications and reports submitted by all U.S. States, Territories, and Jurisdictions. Information is provided on key measures of maternal and child health, budgets and expenditures, program data, performance measures, and summary data. Users may download prepared tables, graphs, brochures, fact sheets, and reports on maternal and child health, as well as the Electronic Reporting Package (ERP) that States use to report their data.

    4. The HRSA Preview: the HRSA Preview provides the general public with a single source of program and application information related to the Agency's competitive grant offerings. It contains a description of competitive and other grant programs scheduled for awards in Fiscal Year 2002, and includes instructions on how to contact the Agency for information and receive application kits for all programs. The following specific information is included in the HRSA Preview: (1) program title; (2) legislative authority; (3) purpose; (4) eligibility; (5) funding priorities and/or preferences; (6) estimated dollar amount of competition; (7) estimated number of awards; (8) estimated project period; (9) Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) identification number; (10) application availability date; (11) letter of intent deadline (if any); (12) application deadline; (13) projected award date; (14) programmatic content, with telephone and e-mail addresses. Certain other information, including how to obtain and use the HRSA Preview and grant terminology, can also be found in the HRSA Preview.

    5. HRSA's Bureau of Health Professions Area Resource File (ARF): the ARF is a county level data set with information on health professions, health facilities, utilization, expenditures, population characteristics, and geographic environment. The data set includes county level estimates for the entire U.S. of the number of physicians, including specialties and limited demographic information, dentists, dental hygienists, optometrists, pharmacists, podiatrists, nurses, physician assistants, and other health professions. Information is available on hospitals, nursing homes, HMOs, inpatient days and other utilization measures, hospital and Medicare expenditures, and various selected variables containing information on the resident population and environmental characteristics. The ARF utilizes secondary data obtained from Census, the American Medical Association, National Center for Health Statistics, and others and compiles a wide array of data sources. As such, the limitations of these data sources all apply, as do any cross source comparability issues.

  2. Example of statistical data:

    The National Sample Survey of Registered Nurses (NSSRN): The Seventh NSSRN was conducted in 2000 and is the nation's most extensive and comprehensive source of statistics on all those with current licenses to practice in the United States. It provides information on the number of registered nurses, their educational background and specialty areas; their employment settings, position levels, and salaries; their geographic distribution; their personal characteristics including gender, racial/ethnic background, age, family status, and satisfaction with their job. The substantial database resulting from the 2000 study may be used for many different types of analyses concerning a variety of subjects. The report presents an overview of the personal, professional, and employment characteristics of the almost 2.7 million registered nurses in the country as of March 2000. A summary of the findings from the study and some comparisons to the findings of prior studies in this series, are presented in the report. Appendix A contains a series of tables summarizing the data. A review of the survey methodology and the statistical techniques used in sample selection, response weighting, and identification of sampling errors are found in Appendix B. The survey instrument is included in Appendix C of the report.