Skip to Main Content

An Ecosystem of Health Disparities and Minority Health Resources

About HDPulse

HDPulse is designed to provide access to data and interventions related to minority health and health disparities. It offers resources to identify, prioritize, and mitigate health disparities.

HDPulse consists of two portals: (1) a Data Portal that includes population data, with applications for calculating and mapping health disparities data, and (2) an Interventions Portal that provides access to intervention research studies with accompanying tools and materials. The HDPulse web portal facilitates research studies central to NIMHD's mission and is a valuable resource to the minority health and health disparities research community.

Information for researchers, public health practitioners, and program planners to:
  • Identify health disparities
  • Examine determinants of health disparities
  • Plan, develop, implement, and evaluate initiatives to improve minority health and reduce health disparities

HDPulse Data Portal

The Data Portal characterizes the burden of disparities across the United States and within communities. Users have the capability to use interactive graphics and maps to: assess the magnitude of health disparities; explore spatial and temporal trends; identify geographic patterns; and examine determinants along a social ecological framework.

The Data Portal provides resources to help prioritize the focus of research and public health efforts to reduce disparities and improve minority health.

How can the HDPulse data be used?

  • Researchers can test the significance of observed disparities and patterns
  • Program planners can use it for priority setting and identifying needed interventions
  • Policymakers can make informed decisions such as identifying policy needs and additional resources to address burden of disparities in their local area
Explore the Data Portal

HDPulse Interventions Portal

The HDPulse Interventions Portal is a searchable database of research-tested interventions that have been shown to improve minority health and reduce health disparities. The Interventions Portal can inform the design, implementation, evaluation, dissemination, and adaptation of interventions to improve minority health and reduce health disparities.

The Interventions Portal allows users such as minority health and health disparities researchers, program planners, and intervention developers to submit, find, sort, and download evidence-based interventions and resources.

It provides easy access to:

  • Interventions tested in a research study
  • Publications of the intervention findings
  • Products or materials used to develop and implement the interventions
Learn about the Interventions Portal

Recent Site Updates

June 2023

  • Data were updated
    • Preventable hospital stays were updated through 2020. These data are from RWJF's County Health Rankings and are found under Healthcare -> Utilization
    • Residential segregation data were updated. These data are from County Health Ranking and are available under Physical.
    • Daily functioning data from SHADAC were updated. These data are available under Health Outcomes.
    • YRBS data were updated. These data are in various topics under Knowledge.
  • New features were added
    • The historical trends graph is now available for incidence data.
    • The rate/trend comparison is now available for incidence data.

March 2023

  • Data were updated
    • Updated data on smoking laws through 2023. This data is provided by Americans for Nonsmokers' RightsExternal Web Site Policy and is available in the Screening and Risk Factors Table.
    • Demographic data from the American Community Survey thru 2021 were updated.
    • Survey data from BRFSS thru 2021 were updated where available.
    • Small Area Health Insurance Estimates were updated through 2020.
    • Death data thru 2020 were updated.
    • Calculations and statistics based on rural/urban county definitions were added to the mortality visualizations where appropriate.
    • Cancer Incidence data thru 2019 were updated.
  • Due to CensusExternal Web Site Policy county changes
    • The following counties are no longer supported in our data: Wade Hampton Census Area, AK; Skagway Hoonah Angoon Census Area, AK; Prince of Wales-Outer Ketchikan, AK; Wrangell-Petersburg Census Area, AK; Shannon County, SD
    • Respectively, the following counties are now supported in our data: Kusilvak Census Area, AK; Hoonah-Angoon Census Area, AK; Skagway Municipality, AK; Prince of Wales-Hyder Census Area, AK; Petersburg Census Area, AK; Wrangell Borough, AK; Oglala Lakota County, SD

October 2022

  • Rate ratio maps were released in the mortality data topic.
  • Minor titling changes were released throughout the website.

September 2022

  • Preventable hospital stays data from The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Office of Minority Health were added.

May 2022

  • The Rate/Trend Comparison was released.
  • Data were updated
    • Survey data from YRBS thru 2019 were updated where available.

April 2022

  • Data were updated
    • Oxycodone sales data from U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency were updated to 2020.

March 2022

  • The website was redesigned to further enhance the user experience. The data topics and user interface have been changed.
  • Residential segregation data from the American Community Survey were added.
  • Data were updated
    • Death data thru 2019 were updated.
    • Cancer Incidence data thru 2018 were updated.
    • Demographic data from the American Community Survey thru 2019 were updated.
    • Survey data from BRFSS thru 2019/2020 were updated where available.

April 2021

March 2021

December 2018

January 2018