Tag Archives: public health data

US Public Health Alphabet Soup Explained: What is the SAMHSA?

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration or SAMHSA is an agency that separates mental health from physical health.

What does the SAMHSA actually do for mental health and substance abuse patients in the US? The answer is, “nothing directly” – however, indirectly, SAMHSA has had a profound impact on behavioral health patients, and the result has not always been positive, as you can read in my blog post.

Four Levels of Intervention for Public Health: How to Apply This Framework

Four levels of public health interventions should be addressed when dealing with public health problems.

Four levels of intervention is a framework we use in public health to think about how to attack a problem. I explain it and give a few examples of application in my blog post (along with a video).

US Public Health Alphabet Soup Explained: What is the HRSA?

Local health departments are funded by HRSA which provides grants to them to help them with community health

“What is the HRSA?” can be answered two ways: with a short answer, and a long answer. The short answer is that it is the agency that funds public health departments in the United States. The long answer, which I unpack in my blog post, is more nuanced, harrowing, and ultimately, depressing.

Making Upset Plots with R Package UpSetR Helps Visualize Patterns of Attributes

If you are having trouble setting options using R making plots, then you should read this blog post.

Making upset plots with R package UpSetR is an easy way to visualize patterns of attributes in your data. My blog post demonstrates making patterns of co-morbidities in health survey respondents from the BRFSS, and walks you through setting text and color options in the code.

US Public Health Alphabet Soup Explained: What is the FDA?

The food and drug administration in each country serves as an agency to regulate medications.

Can you name categories other than “food” and “drugs” that are regulated by the FDA in the US? Read this blog post to learn what they are, and what the FDA does in the US.

Querying the GHDx Database: Demonstration and Review of Application

Many data scientists interested in health are looking to query the Global Burden of Disease database, also known as the GHDx

Querying the GHDx database is challenging because of its difficult user interface, but mastering it will allow you to access country-level health data for comparisons! See my demonstration!

SAS-R Integration Example: Transform in R, Analyze in SAS!

You can use SAS and R together in one project. I show you how to develop an analytic dataset in R and put it in SAS ODA for analysis.

Looking for a SAS-R integration example that uses the best of both worlds? I show you a use-case where I was in a hurry, and did transformation in R with the analysis in SAS!

SAS Macros for Beginners: Learn the Basics with my Tutorial Videos!

If you are new to SAS, you will want to learn about macros. I make video tutorials and have written a book about data warehousing to help learners grasp automation in SAS.

Want to get started learning about SAS macros? This blog post provides SAS macros for beginners with video tutorials to walk beginners and code newbies through the basic steps!

US Public Health Alphabet Soup Explained: What is the DHHS?

The Department of Health and Human Services in the United States is also called DHHS and HHS, and is the top level department with a mission of ensuring healthcare delivery in the US.

My answer to, “What is the DHHS?” is, “A failed department”, but it is important to examined exactly what they have failed at, and how.

US Public Health Alphabet Soup Explained: What is the CMS?

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services are known as CMS, and manage the public insurance system at the federal level in the United States.

You might wonder what CMS – the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services – actually does. This blog post provides an overview of CMS’s role and activity in the US healthcare system.