Health Check!
July 2020 Newsletter
Check the Vitals.  
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected and continues to affect the social and economic well-being of individuals and their households. To measure the impact of the pandemic, the U.S. Census Bureau developed the Household Pulse Survey, a unique survey that measures and reports weekly how individuals are experiencing business and school closures, stay-at-home orders, changes in the availability of food items, and other significant changes to people's life during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In this article, Ina Cernusca, director of the North Dakota Compass project and Research Specialist at the Center for Social Research at NDSU, analyzes results of the U.S. Census Bureau's Household Pulse Survey and presents some impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on  employment status, food security, housing, education, and physical and mental wellness of North Dakota residents
Monitor Trends.
Health Trends on North Dakota Compass track changes in obesity, diabetes, health care coverage, disabilities, and mental health of North Dakota residents. 

Explore the newly updated Health Trends to  help you understand potential impacts on your work, organization, and community!
Check Your Numbers.
Health insurance is the best way to ensure access to health care in the United States.  Among North Dakota's foreign-born residents, 5,997 people or 22 percent lacked health insurance in 2014-2018. The percentage of foreign born with no health insurance increased from 17 percent in 2009-2013. In comparison, the percentage of native-born population who lack health insurance decreased from 11 percent in 2009-2013 to 9 percent in 2014-2018, widening the gap between foreign-born and native-born population who lack health insurance.

The lack of health care coverage affects everyone in a community. Those without health insurance feel the direct physical, mental, and financial effects of not having health care coverage, while the insured are affected indirectly through higher health care premiums and higher taxes.
Find Answers.
Good mental health is as important as good physical health. Mental illness can impair individuals' ability to work, to raise their families, and to participate in their communities. In addition to affecting individuals and their families, mental illness imposes significant economic costs on communities as a whole.

What percentage of North Dakota's adults have been told they have a form of depression, as resulted from the 2018 North Dakota Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS)?

a. 10%

b. 20%

c. 30%

d. 40%

Stay Up-To-Date.
The U.S. Census recently released population estimates by characteristics. Browse the many updated charts and make sure you check back often for the newest data available. 

Data updated in June 2020:


Take Advantage of Resources.
T he U.S. Census Bureau recently launched a number of E xperimental Data Products. The Household Pulse Survey measures the impact of COVID-19 on employment status, food security, housing, education, and physical and mental wellness. The Small Business Pulse Survey measures the impact of the pandemic on small businesses. Another data product, the Community Resilience Estimates, measures the ability of a population to recover from the impacts of disasters and calculate risk levels by state, county and tract.

North Dakota Compass has compiled a comprehensive list of resources related to the COVID-19 pandemic, that is continually updated. North Dakota Compass data and additional credible data resources help inform planning, development and execution of programs, interventions and services for North Dakota's communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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