Data Update Schedule

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The various datasets in the UDS Mapper update on different cycles.  The schedule below is a rough guideline of when each dataset will be updated.


Data From the HRSA Data WarehouseTwice a Month
Current Data Date: November 15, 2018Planned Update: December 3, 2018

Includes:
  • Health Center Administrative Locations,
  • Health Center Service Access Points,
  • Hospitals,
  • Rural Health Clinics,
  • Facility and Point HPSAs,
  • National Health Service Corps Sites,
  • Veterans Health Administration Facilities,
  • Medically Underserved Areas/ Populations,
  • Primary Care Health Professional Service Areas,
  • Dental Care Health Professional Service Areas, and
  • Mental Health Care Health Professional Service Areas.


Housing and Urban Development (HUD) DataTwice per year
Current Data Date: August 2017Planned Update: February 2019

HUD Data include public housing locations in the United States.  These data are new to the UDS Mapper, the plan is to update it twice per year.


Population Data from the American Community SurveyOnce per year
Current Data Date: 2012-2016Planned Update: February 2019

Population data are used throughout the UDS Mapper and can be seen in the Main Maps, Population Indicators, and Explore Service Area Tools.  These data are typically released by the U.S. Census Bureau in December so the updated data are added to the UDS Mapper early in the following year.


Patient and Health Center Related Data from the Uniform Data SystemOnce per year
Current Data Date: 2017Planned Update: August 2019

Patient data are used throughout the UDS Mapper and can be seen in the Main Maps and Explore Service Area Tools.  Health Center Related data can be found in the Info Card Card Deck in the Explore Service Area Tool.  These data are collected by HRSA in February for the previous calendar year.  They go through a rigorous cleaning and verification process before they are processed for the UDS Mapper.  These data are typically available in mid-to late summer and added to the UDS Mapper at that time.


Combined Population and Patient DataTwice per year
Current Data Date: 2012-2016 and 2017Planned Update: February 2019

The Penetration and "Not Served" data in the UDS Mapper combine population and patient data.  These data are updated when either part of the calculation is updated.  Therefore for part of the year, the UDS Mapper will be comparing patient data to population data that are a year behind. Pending the release of 2017 American Community Survey data, statistics such as Penetration and "Not Served" data fields are comparing 2017 patients to 2016 population data.


Population IndicatorsTwice per year
Current Data Date: various- see Data DefinitionsPlanned Update: August 2018

The data in the Population Indicators tool come from a variety of sources.  The top six indicators (poverty, low-income, not employed, limited English proficiency, less than high school education and uninsurance) come directly from the American Community Survey at the ZCTA level and are updated with the rest of the population data.  The bottom eight indicators (low birth weight rate, age-adjusted mortality rate, diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, no dental visit, delayed care, no usual source of care) are all imputed to the ZCTA level.  These calculations are added to the UDS Mapper in the summer.


Area Boundaries and HighwaysOnce per year
Current Data Date: various- see Data DefinitionsPlanned Update: August 2018

Although there may be few, if any, changes on a routine basis to the layers in the UDS Mapper that represent various geographies (states, counties, PUMAs, ZIP Codes, Census Tracts, Census Block Groups, County Subdivisions) and major highways, these data are updated every summer as part of the major UDS Mapper update.  The actual shapes of these areas (other than ZIP Codes) will only change after the next decennial U.S. Census.


ZCTAs and Post Office NameTwice per year
Current Data Date: February 2018Planned Update: August 2018

Although there may be few, if any, changes on a routine basis to the ZCTAs and their post office names displayed in the UDS Mapper, changes may occur when the population or patient data are updated in the spring and summer.


Congressional District BoundariesEvery other year
Current Data Date: December 2016Planned Update: December 2018

Congressional Districts should change only every ten years as a result of the decennial U.S. Census, but because of legal challenges to redistricting they may change in intervening years.  These will be updated every two years to reflect the current Congress.


Hospital Referral Regions and Primary Care Service AreasAs required

These areas are created by the Dartmouth Atlas.  They do not update on a regular schedule and will updated in the UDS Mapper as necessary.


BasemapsLive data feed

These layers are provided to add context to your map.  They are provided by the software company that we use to build the UDS Mapper and are updated as necessary by them.  They are on a live feed into the UDS Mapper.