About SHADAC's State Health Compare Tool

The State Health Access Data Assistance Center (SHADAC) at the University of Minnesota is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to help states understand factors associated with health and health care. Our goal is to help bridge the gap between data and the policy making process.


SHADAC's State Health Compare is a user-friendly and easily accessible tool for obtaining state-level estimates related to health and health care—such as insurance coverage, access, cost, utilization, and outcomes—as well as equity and economic measures. The tool expands the health care discussion beyond a focus on coverage and allows analysts and policymakers to view state-level data on a wide range of topics through a broader Culture of Health lens. State Health Compare offers a way to explore these topics within states by characteristics (i.e. age, race/ethnicity, and education level). Users can also compare across states and look at trends over time through user-generated maps, bar charts, trend lines, and tables.


State Health Compare graphics are easily downloadable, and users can export the underlying data. Estimates are available from the American Community Survey (ACS), the Current Population Survey (CPS), the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP), the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey - Insurance Component (MEPS-IC), and other sources.

View this SHADAC Technical Brief for guidance on conducting significance testing using State Health Compare.