Tuesday, August 26, 2014
The Office for Healthcare Workforce Analysis and Planning has just released a new edition of their “South Carolina Health Professions Data Book.” This statistical reference book assembles information from a variety of sources into a single volume, reporting the number and distribution of health care providers practicing in the state along with a variety of community factors that reflect or influence the health of the population. Organized by county and planning/service regions, the “2014 South Carolina Health Professions Data Book” contains:
– counts of licensed health care providers actively practicing in their field;
– maps showing how health care professionals are distributed around the state and where they are in higher or lower concentrations relative to the population;
– the age and racial composition of the population;
– community health status indicators such as infant mortality rates, the percent of people with diabetes, number of cancer deaths, etc.;
– hospital and skilled nursing home beds and hospital discharges;
– socio-economic indicators related to health such as health insurance coverage, unemployment, income and education levels.
This publication provides a wealth of information in an easily accessible format. It is a resource for state, county and local planning groups as they address health care needs and access issues in our state. It is also valuable to those seeking information about health and health care resources in their local communities. The book is available from the Office for Healthcare Workforce Analysis and Planning in the program office of the South Carolina Area Health Education Consortium (AHEC). Bound copies can be purchased or electronic copies can be downloaded for free from the website www.officeforhealthcareworkforce.org. Just click on the book-cover graphic at the bottom of the home page.