The Ohio Profile of Contraceptive Access and Use


The Ohio Profile for Contraceptive Access and Use brings together data from multiple different sources.

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS)

BRFSS is a telephone survey carried out monthly by state health departments to understand health-related behaviors among residents aged 18 and older. BRFSS was initiated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 1984; it uses standardized questionnaires to collect comparable data over time and across states. BRFSS measures health risk behaviors, chronic diseases and conditions, access to health care, and use of preventive health services related to the leading causes of death and disability in the United States.


Conducted every 10 years, the United States Census provides a snapshot of the nation, measuring basic population characteristics such as age, sex, marital status, household composition, family characteristics, and household size. The results are used to (1) determine the number of seats each state has in the House of Representatives, (2) adjust or redraw congressional and state legislative district lines, and (3) inform federal funding allocations for Medicaid, Head Start, community mental health services, and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

County Health Rankings

The County Health Rankings and Roadmaps (CHR&R) project the health of nearly every county in all 50 states to draw attention to community health issues and mobilize action. To measure health, CHR&R incorporates data on health outcomes (length of life, quality of life), health factors (tobacco use, diet and exercise, alcohol and drug use, sexual activity), clinical care (access to care, quality of care), social and economic factors (education, employment, income, family and social support, community safety), and physical environment (air and water quality, housing and transit). CHR&R is led by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.

Family Planning Annual Reports

The Title X Family Planning Program, administered by the Office of Population Affairs (OPA) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is the only federal program dedicated solely to the provision of family planning and related preventive health services. Family Planning Annual Reports provide information on family planning services delivery projects authorized and funded under the Population Research and Voluntary Family Planning Programs (Section 1001 of Title X of the Public Health Service Act, 42 USC 300; 42 CFR Part 59), capturing data on sex, age, race, ethnicity, income level, insurance coverage status, language spoken, primary contraception use, preventive screening, and sexually transmitted disease testing.

IBM Marketscan®

The IBM Market Scan Research Databases are a family of datasets that integrate records of 250 million patients, including productivity (workplace absence, disability, and workers’ compensation), laboratory results, health risk assessments, and hospital discharges. The Databases enable longitudinal tracking of patient data that has been contributed by large employers, managed care organizations, hospitals, electronic medical record (EMR) providers, Medicare, and Medicaid.

Induced Abortions in Ohio

Ohio law (Ohio Revised Code 3701.79) requires physicians performing abortions to report demographic and medical history information about patients to the Ohio Department of Health (ODH). ODH must then produce statistical reports about induced abortions occurring in the state in an annual “Induced Abortions in Ohio” report series, which includes statistics at the state, county, and ZIP code levels, stratified by race, age group, and method of termination.

National Survey of Family Growth

The National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG) gathers information on family life, marriage and divorce, pregnancy, infertility, use of contraception, and men’s and women’s health. Data are collected through in-person interviews with a sample of men and women 15-49 years living in the United States. Survey results are used by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to plan health services and health education programs, and to do statistical studies of families, fertility, and health. The NSFG is administered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in collaboration with the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research.

Ohio Medicaid Maternal and Infant Health Measures

The Ohio Department of Medicaid is required by the Ohio General Assembly (per Senate Bill 332) to create infant mortality scorecards quarterly. Scorecards incorporate state- and community-level data on infant mortality, preterm birth, low birthweight, prenatal care, postpartum visits, tobacco screening and cessation counseling, contraceptive care, and adolescent wellness visits by race and ethnic group.

Ohio Pregnancy Assessment Survey

The Ohio Pregnancy Assessment Survey (OPAS) is an ongoing statewide survey to collect information and attitudes of women who had a live birth in Ohio. Sampled women are contacted 2-4 months after delivery and can participate online, by telephone, or by mail. Data are used to identify groups of women and infants at high risk for health problems, monitor changes in health status, measure progress in Ohio’s maternal and infant health initiatives, and investigate emerging issues in reproductive health. OPAS utilizes the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) methodology, so results from Ohio can be compared to data from the PRAMS in other states.

OHYES! Ohio Healthy Youth Environments Survey Data

OHYES! Is an online survey administered by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, in collaboration with the Ohio Department of Education and Ohio Department of Health. Surveys are administered every four years to students in grades 7-12 in public and private schools, providing information on alcohol, tobacco and vapor products, marijuana, prescription drugs, bullying, safety and violence, physical and mental health, family and peer factors, community environment, school success, and sexual behavior.

Symphony Health Claims

Integrated Dataverse is Symphony’s Health repository of de-identified claims data, including point-of-sale prescription data, non-retail invoice data, and demographic data, segmented by therapeutic area. Claims data offer insight on patient behaviors, treatment patterns, market dynamics, and how the interactions between prescriptions, providers, and payment policies impact the patient journey.

Vital Statistics – Births

The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) counts births among Ohio residents, updating the data on a weekly basis from birth certificates filed with the ODH. Birth data are available dating back to 2006 and can be stratified by race, ethnicity, county, gestational age, method of delivery, mother’s marital status, and more.

Vital Statistics – Deaths

The Ohio Department of Health records deaths among Ohio residents, updating the data on a daily basis using data from Ohio Certificates of death. ODH follows the National Center for Health Statistics guidelines for data collection, processing specifications, and analysis. Data can be stratified by year, county, cause, and age, with data available starting from 2007.

Youth Behavioral Risk Factor Survey

The Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS), led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), monitors behaviors related to leading causes of death and disability among youth and adults, including behaviors contributing to unintentional injuries and violence, sexual behaviors associated with unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs), unhealthy diets and inadequate physical activity, tobacco use, and the prevalence of obesity and asthma. Data are collected using national school-based surveys, supplemented by surveys from state, territorial, and local education and health agencies and tribal governments, and are administered to students in grades 9-12 in public and private schools.