Maintained/created by: National Associatin for County and City Health Officials
Geographic unit of data: U.S. State, U.S. National, U.S. County, U.S. City

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Users can view information about local health departments including financing, workforce and activities.


Profile-IQ is a on-line query system created and maintained by the National Association of County and City Health Officials. Profile-IQ provides an interactive internet interface to generate descriptive statistics based on data from NACCHO’s National Profile of Local Health Departments (LHDs) Survey. Currently, the query system allows users to perform customized queries on three main topics covered in the 2010 Profile survey: LHD financing, LHD workforce, and LHD activities.

Data Notes

Users can asses LHD financing, workforce, and activities. Additionally, the “Number of LHDs” tab allows users to determine the total number of LHDs (in the entire Profile study population, not just the respondents) in subgroups by size of jurisdiction population, governance, and state. Users must create a username to access data.

Once a topic is selected is made, you may choose from two ways to query the data: (a) predefined queries, or (b) step-by-step queries.The step-by-step query selection process is broken down into four steps. 1. Select the variable 2. Select a statistical measure (e.g., mean, median, percentage, etc.) 3. Choose one or two grouping variables, if you wish to compute sub-group comparisons (e.g., three jurisdiction population size categories).4. Choose a subset of observations based on up to two grouping characteristics (e.g., you may want to limit your query to LHDs with a population size population size of <50,000 and/or governance category “local”).

Before seeing the final results, you can review and modify your selections. You may choose to view your results as tables, graphs or maps (for selected geographic comparisons). For predefined queries, you will not need to select the variable and measure separately, and they do not involve group comparisons or subsets of observations. However, once predefined query results are displayed, you can modify the query yourself by choosing the variables for group comparisons and selecting a subset of observations.Users are able to export the created tables into Microsoft Excel.

The data presented come from a 2010 Local Health Department Profile Survey. There is no indication of when the site will be updated. Users should also be aware of response rates of certain categories before using the data. This is particularly important for the financial section (where the item response rates are considerably lower than the overall response rate for the survey) and when developing estimates for specific states. Use the “Number of LHDs” tab to determine the total number of LHDs in the subgroup of interest and compare that number to the number of observations for that subgroup for a specific variable.The statistical estimates produced by this system are NOT computed using estimation weights to account for differing response rates among LHDs serving different jurisdiction sizes, in different states, or any other characteristic. Users are encouraged to use the statistics in the Profile main reports (which are computed using estimation weights to account for differing response rates among LHDs serving different jurisdiction sizes) when citing statistics for all LHDs in the U.S.