Sources for locating data related to substance abuse prevention, suicide prevention, or mental health promotion are found below. Sources include specific federal or state government agencies or specific dataset websites. Some of the sources below were used to import data into our interactive dashboards while others are additional sources that have not been used to build any dashboards.
Alcohol-Related Disease Impact
The Alcohol-Related Disease Impact Application (ARDI) is an online software developed by the CDC for state epidemiologists. ARDI allows epidemiologists to track and calculate alcohol attributable morbidity and mortality, years of potential life lost due to alcohol, and the subsequent direct/indirect health costs for their individual state. ARDI also captures the demographic variables age and gender.
Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System
The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) is a national landline and cell phone-based survey collected monthly through state health departments. The data collected by BRFSS includes a variety of behavioral health risk factors including substance use and abuse, diet, physical activity, driver safety, vaccinations, disease screenings, physical injuries, and many more. In Georgia, BRFSS collects both state level data and data for three metropolitan and micropolitan statistical areas (MMSA).
Fatality Analysis Reporting System
The FARS is a nationwide census of annual data regarding fatal injuries suffered in motor vehicle traffic crashes. It is a public service of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In order for a crash to be included in FARS, a crash must result in the death of the motorist or non-motorist within 30 days of the crash. Crash data is retrieved from a variety of state documents, including but not limited to police accident reports, death certificates, state registration files, and coroner/medical examiner's reports.
More information on the FARS, including the online query system can be found here: http://www.nhtsa.gov/FARS
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Fatality Analysis Reporting System, Georgia (1994-2019). Available at http://www.nhtsa.gov/FARS
GBI Medical Examiner's Office
The Medical Examiner's Office of the GBI provides complete forensic pathology services 155 of Georgia's 159 counties in deaths which qualify as coroner cases under the Georgia Death Investigation Act. The Chief Medical Examiner for the state of Georgia oversees the GBI's medical examiner program and also establishes policies and guidelines for all Georgia coroners and local medical examiners. Death cases are reported to the Medical Examiner's Office by coroners, deputy coroners, and law enforcement.
There are some limitations to this data. There are four metropolitan counties that report to a local medical examiner's office and therefore, are not included in this data set: Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton, and Gwinnett counties.
More information about the Medical Examiner's Office can be found here: https://dofs-gbi.georgia.gov/departments/medical-examiners-office
Georgia Bureau of Investigation. (2021). GBI Medical Examiner's Office coroner cases 2010-2019. Available from https://dofs-gbi.georgia.gov/departments/medical-examiners-office
Georgia Bureau of Investigation
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) is tasked with providing quality investigative, scientific, and information services and resources to the criminal justice community and others as authorized by law, for the purpose of maintaining law and order as well as protecting life and property.
Georgia County Guide
The Georgia County Guide is a collection of health and demographic indicators from a variety of original sources.
Georgia Department of Transportation
The Georgia Department of Transportation plans, constructs and maintains Georgia's state and federal highways. They collect and manage motor vehicle crash data for the entire state of Georgia, including the type of vehicle crash and driver information.
Georgia Student Health Survey
The Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) is a national leader in collection and analysis of school climate data through the implementation of its annual Georgia Student Health Survey (GSHS). This is an anonymous, statewide survey instrument developed by many divisions within the GaDOE and in collaboration with GA DPH and Georgia State University. The GSHS identifies safety and health issues that have a negative impact on student achievement and school climate.
KIDS Count is a project funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation which provides national, state, and local level indicators for child and family health.
Monitoring the Future
Monitoring the Future (MTF) is an ongoing study of the behaviors, attitudes, and values of American secondary school students, college students, and young adults.
National Survey on Drug Use and Health
The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) provides national and state-level data on the use of tobacco, alcohol, illicit drugs (including non-medical use of prescription drugs), and mental health in the United States.
Online Analytical Statistical Information System
OASIS is a suite of tools used to access the DPH's standardized health data repository. It is updated and maintained by the Office of Health Indicators for Planning. This repository includes vital statistics and data reported by the Georgia Hospital Association on hospital mortality, hospital discharge, and emergency room visits.
Online Analytical Statistical Information System (OASIS), Georgia Department of Public Health, Office of Health Indicators for Planning. 2003-2019. Available at http://oasis.state.ga.us/
Pregnancy Risk Assessment and Monitoring System
The PRAMS is conducted by the CDC in collaboration with state health departments. PRAMS collects state-level data on maternal attitudes and experiences before, during, and shortly after pregnancy. The PRAMS sample consists women who have had a recent live birth based on birth certificate information. Each participating state samples between 1,300 and 3,400 women per year. The PRAMS questionnaire includes topics on maternal alcohol and tobacco consumption as well as on the mother's knowledge of pregnancy-related health issues.
More information on the PRAMS can be found here: http://www.cdc.gov/prams/index.htm
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Pregnancy Risk Assessment and Monitoring System, Georgia (2004-2019). Available at http://www.cdc.gov/prams/index.htm
Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System
The Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBS) obtains information from a random sample of public middle and high school students about the prevalence and age of initiation of various health risk behaviors such as tobacco use, physical activity, eating habits, alcohol and drug use, and behaviors that contribute to unintentional injuries and violence.