About Data Center
Welcome to the Bureau of Family Health Data Center! Our goal is to advance the use of reliable data to monitor the health and well-being of Louisiana women, children and families. A dedicated Data to Action Team collects, analyzes, interprets, and prepares data dissemination products for public health practitioners, community organizations, policy makers, and researchers to guide programs and inform policy decisions. Here you can find reports and fact sheets on birth outcomes, mortality and injury indicators analyzed at a state, regional and parish level as well as links to websites with additional, relevant data.
Use the search bar and drop down menu to find data products organized by topic area. If you can’t find what you need here, please complete an online data request form. Someone from our Data Action Team will likely reach out to you to discuss your request in order to best meet your needs. Researchers requesting data sets will also need to complete a data use application. Appropriate forms will be provided once a member of our team reviews your request.
Where to Find COVID-19 Data
COVID-19 in Louisiana
General information on COVID-19 in Louisiana, including population counts, can be found at ldh.la.gov/Coronavirus.
Data on Covid-19 and Pregnancy
Louisiana is currently working to identify COVID-19 infection during pregnancy using multiple data sources. No Louisiana data specific to pregnant persons are available at this time.
Limited national data on COVID-19 and pregnancy is available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC’s COVID Data Tracker displays counts of COVID-19 infection during pregnancy for the United States and its jurisdictions.
It is important to understand that these counts come from COVID-19 lab test results that states submit to CDC. Pregnancy status is known in only about one third of these COVID-19 lab test results. Further, anyone who is pregnant and has COVID-19 but does not get tested will not be included in these counts. Therefore, these counts likely underestimate the true occurrence of COVID-19 infection during pregnancy and must be interpreted with caution. Learn more about data use and limitations on the CDC’s Frequently Asked Questions page focused on COVID-19 Data and Surveillance.
Data Visualization and Health Equity Best Practices Checklist
The Bureau of Family Health acknowledges that generations-long social, economic and environmental inequities result in adverse health outcomes. They affect communities differently and have a greater influence on health outcomes than either individual choices or one’s ability to access health care. Reducing health disparities through policies, practices and organizational systems can help improve opportunities for all Louisianans.
When it comes to reporting data on health disparities, data or information may have the opposite effect we hope it does; it can perpetuate negative stereotypes or victim-blaming. The Bureau of Family Health Data to Action Team has developed a Data Visualization and Health Equity Best Practices Checklist that our partners may download and use when developing materials that present data in a responsible, reflective and representative manner. For additional assistance with the checklist, or to provide feedback, please contact MCHData@la.gov.