FREE Community Health Database

In 2011 Memorial Health System's three hospitals conducted community health need assessments. Memorial Medical Center (Sangamon County), Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital (Logan County), Taylorville Memorial Hospital (Christian County) and Passavant Area Hospital in Jacksonville (Morgan County) worked with an internal team as well as community representatives to identify the top priorities of these counties: access to healthcare, cardiovascular disease, obesity and diabetes. Information on the assessment process and results are available online.

Also available at this site is an extensive database of community demographics and rankings of community health. This information is available to all community organizations to assist in goal setting, need assessments, grant writing and other work. An additional feature is the Promising Practices section which lists more than 2,000 ideas that have been successfully tried in other communities to address community needs. Data is categorized by county. Sangamon County is the default search-be sure to select Logan or Christian County in the dropdown box if you want this data. Download the handout for an overview of the database and topics covered as well as links to other free community data resources: Community Health & Socioeconomic Data.

If you have questions, please contact Paula Gramley, Community Benefit Coordinator, Memorial Medical Center, at 788-7014 or
Sangamon County Citizen Survey

The Sangamon County Citizen Survey is a collaborative effort between the UIS Center for State Policy & Leadership, the Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln, and the United Way of Central Illinois. The project's purpose is to establish benchmarks and evaluate changes in residents' assessments of the quality of life in Sangamon County. The periodic survey will provide local leaders, community organizations, and citizens with longitudinal insight into issues facing local residents.

American FactFinder

Access to local census tract information.

Provides comprehensive local demographic data based on census tract data.
The 500 Cities Project: Local data for better health

A collaboration between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the CDC Foundation. The 500 Cities project aims 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. Small area estimates allow cities and local health departments to better understand the burden and geographic distribution of health-related variables and to plan for public health interventions.
National Center for Charitable Statistics (NCCS)

This is the national repository of data on the nonprofit sector in the U.S. Its mission is to develop and disseminate high quality data about nonprofit organizations and their activities.
Community Commons

Data, tools, and stories to improvie communities and inspire change. Create a free account and start exploring. For an intro to what Community Commons provides, watch the brief video "What is Community Commons?" on their landing page.

Community Commons
The Giving Institute

Publishers of Giving USA, an annual report that provides statistics and evaluation of the state of philanthropy during the previous year. Reports facts, and analyzes why giving was up or down for each subject area, foundations, corporations, or individuals. It includes predictions for the next funding year.