The questions I am most often asked are about locating mortality and morbidity data. Mortality data on both national and state levels is usually relatively easy to locate.
Morbidity statistics can be more challenging. Many times you have to draw conclusions from the available data. The key is to look for statistics on illness. This is not always an easy task and you may search and search and still not find what you are looking for. Many times you have to take the available information draw your own conclusions about morbidity, especially at the county level. A call to your county health department is also a good idea.
So, don't get too frustrated if you don't find what you are looking for. Keep track of where you searched and of what you find, and include that information in your paper.
I'm here to help, so feel free to ask if you have problems locating the information you need.
The links below are to websites that may be useful when completing the community assessment project. This is not an exhausitve list of sites, and as I come across new resources they will be added to the list, so check back periodically.