Annual Release: America’s Children, 2021 Report

America’s Children, 2021, coordinated by NCHS, is a collaboration among more than 20 federal offices and agencies who collect and release data concerning children’s well-being. This year’s report highlights a decrease in the percentage of children aged 0–17 living in households with one or more housing problems. These problems include cost burden, crowding and/or physically inadequate housing. The release also shows an increase in reports of youth aged 12–17 with a past-year major depressive episode.

The full report updates all 41 indicators of well-being across seven domains: family and social environment, economic circumstances, health care, physical environment and safety, behavior, education, and health.

SOURCE: U.S. Census Bureau, Current Population Survey, Annual Social and Economic Supplement.

National Hospital Care Survey and HUD Housing Assistance Linked Data

NCHS released newly linked data that includes healthcare claims and housing assistance data in September 2021. This is the first time that health care claims and electronic health records (EHR), collected as part of the National Hospital Care Survey (NHCS), have been linked with data from the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) largest housing assistance program. As part of an ongoing collaboration with HUD, NCHS connects health outcomes data with data from participants in HUD’s Housing Choice Voucher program, public housing, and privately owned, subsidized multifamily housing.

This linkage expands the research possibilities for using NHCS by linking it to three years of HUD program participation data. These innovative linked data will support a wide array of patient outcomes research that expand on previous linkages with HUD data. In addition, NHCS patient records linked to mortality data provide information on cause of death combined with Medicare enrollment and health care claims data. These linked sources also may help answer key research questions about healthcare access and equity.

NCHS is conducting new analyses and linkages using EHRs, which provide unique and innovative opportunities for understanding the nation’s health. The NHCS data linkages are funded through the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Trust Fund.

RANDS Data Release

New data from the Research and Development Survey (RANDS) during COVID-19 show that access to routine care has increased since summer 2020 when access was lower due to the pandemic.



Find out more about COVID-19 data and RANDS here.


Recent and Upcoming Publications

Released in September 2021:

Title Select Findings
Residential Care Community Resident Characteristics: United States, 2018 Among residential care community residents, 55% were diagnosed with high blood pressure and 34% were diagnosed with Alzheimer disease and other dementias.
Adult Day Services Center Participant Characteristics: United States, 2018 Most ADSC participants were Medicaid beneficiaries (72%). About 85% of participants under age 65 were Medicaid beneficiaries.
Disparities in Stressful Life Events Among Children Aged 5─17 Years: United States, 2019 In 2019, 6.8% of children aged 5–17 years were victims of or witnessed violence in their neighborhood, with exposure varying by age, race and Hispanic origin, and level of urbanization.
Trends in Death Rates in Urban and Rural Areas: United States, 1999─2019 Death rates for both males and females were higher in rural than in urban areas from 1999 through 2019. The differences in rates widened over the period.
Births in the United States, 2020 The U.S. general fertility rate declined 4%, from 58.3 to 56.0 births per 1,000 women aged 15–44, from 2019 to 2020. Rates declined for non-Hispanic White, non-Hispanic Black, and Hispanic women.
A Revised ICD–10–CM Surveillance Case Definition for Injury-related Emergency Department Visits A revised ICD–10–CM surveillance case definition for injury related ED visits provides standardized selection criteria for consistency in identifying cases across populations and over time.


Upcoming Releases in October 2021:

Release Date Title
10/5/2021 Death Rates by Marital Status For Leading Causes Of Death: United States: 2010-2019
10/6/2021 Quarterly Provisional Estimates for Selected Causes of Death: Q1 2018 – Q1 2021
10/18/2021 Enhancing Identification of Opioid-involved Health Outcomes Using National Hospital Care Survey Data
10/18/2021 Machine Learning for Medical Coding in Health Care Surveys
10/20/2021 Mental Health Treatment Among Adults: United States, 2020
10/20/2021 Perceived Social and Emotional Support Among Adults United States, July-December 2020
10/25/2021 National Hospital Care Survey Demonstration Projects: Severe Maternal Morbidity in the Inpatient and Emergency Department
10/26/2021 Fetal Mortality: United States, 2019



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