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Population Center Resources: Migration Data Sets: Health, Aging

Please note:  This dataset collection was made possible through a BPC Pilot Grant to explore migration-related data; only data with migration-related variables are listed here.

last updated: July 20, 2010

ADD Health Survey
Surveys causes and social influences of health-related behaviors among nationally representative sample of 6,500 adolescents in the U.S. in grades 7 - 12 from 1994-1996 (public-use data).  Larger samples available through restricted-use dataset. Oversamples Blacks with college-educated parent and other subgroups.

The aDvANCE Project
2003 Study of career transitions for professional dancers in the U.S., Australia and Switzerland.  Random sample of targeted list of dance organization in the U.S.; entire population of known dancers and former dancers contacted in Australia and Switzerland. 220 persons in the U.S. sample, 251 in the Australian sample, and 356 persons in the Swiss sample.

Australian (Adelaide) Longitudinal Study of Aging (ALSA), Waves I-5
Longitudinal study examines aging in Australia, 1992 - 1997.  Targeted persons aged 70 and older in Adelaide, Australia; random sample of over 2,000 persons from Adelaide State Electoral Data Base. 

California Health Interview Survey (CHIS)
Survey of 40,000 - 55,000 households in California every 2 years since 2001 concerning health status and behavior, medical conditions, health insurance and access to health care.

California Tobacco Survey (CTS) 2005
Assessed attitudes toward and use of tobacco and smoking of California residents in 2005.  Part of a series conducted in 1990, 1991, 1992 and every three years since 1992.  Adults aged 18 and older; teens aged 12 - 17.  Over 49,000 respondents in 2005.

Canada: National Population Health Survey
Nationally representative survey of health, health determinants and health service use for approximately 20,000 Canadian households per biennial survey 1994-95; 1996-97; 1998-99, Drawn from Labor Force Survey sampling frame.

Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS)
Biennial survey focusing on health status, health care and health determinants for Canadian population for years 2000-01, 2003 and 2005.  Over 100,000 Canadian residents age 12 and older per survey; multi-stage sampling design. 

English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA)
Survey assessing the lives of 19,837 non-institutionalized persons aged 50 and over living in England, including questions on education, health, physical activity, employment and housing.  Multistage stratified random sample; survey took place in 1998, 1999 and 2001.

European Social Survey (ESS)
Survey designed to monitor changes in demographic, social, economic, political, health and other attitudes and behaviors across time for over 30 countries. Conducted biennially since 2003/4 using random probability sample types varying by country.

Health and Migration Survey (HMS)
Randomly selected households in San Luis Potosi, MX; San Diego, CA; and Houston, TX between 1996 - 2003 assessing child health and maternal reproductive behavior.  Longitudinal data.  Not all years/study sites may be publicly available.

Health and Retirement Study (HRS)
Nationally representative survey of persons over age 50 in the U.S. conducted biennially to monitor aspects of health, socio-economics such as retirement, and demographics of older Americans. Longitudinal and first launched in 1992; new cohorts added to study as generations age into the over 50 category.

Health Behavior in School-Aged Children (HBSC), 1995-2001
Survey to monitor the health behaviors and attitudes of school-aged children through early adolescence, including information on eating habits, drug use and anti-social behavior.  Children in grades 6, 8, and 10 in the U.S. Three-stage cluster design with 9,938 respondents in 1995-6 and  15,245 in 2001-02.

Irish Survey of Contraception and Crisis Pregnancy
Survey assessing opinions and behavior on family planning use and methods, and fertility history.

Latino Adolescent Migration Health Adaptation (LAMHA)
Students of health, migration history, and psychological adjustment of Latino background who were foreign-born and came to the U.S. at age 5 or after in grades 6-12 and aged 12 - 18 as of October 2004.  Multi-stage sampling design; parents of adolescents also interviewed.  500 surveys and 25 in-depth interviews between 2004-06.

Migrant Farm Workers in Wisconsin, 1989
1978 and 1989 surveys focusing on migrant workers’ health, health needs and opinions about health care and access to it.  1978 survey based on a 10 percent sample of migrant workers aged 16 and older in Wisconsin; 1989 follow-up took place in only three Wisconsin counties - Columbia, Dane and Waushara.

National Health Interview Surveys (NHIS)
Survey of approximately 40,000 households and 100,000 persons each year since 1957 to assess health.  Multistage probability design for nationally representative sample of the civilian, non-institutionalized population of the U.S.

National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey - NHANES
The NHANES interviews and examines a nationally representative sample of approximately 5,000 people each year since 1999 to monitor and assess health and nutrition needs among the population.   Multistage probability sample used to obtain a representative sample of the civilian, non-institutionalized population of the U.S.  Oversample of African-Americans, Hispanics, and persons aged 60 and older.

National Study of Family Growth (NSFG)
Originally designed as a national fertility survey; now studies health and family life in the U.S. for years 1973, 1976, 1982, 1988, 1995, and 2002.  First 5 surveys (cycles) each include surveys of 7,969 - 10, 847 women between 15-44; Cycle 6 (2002) includes 7,643 women and 4,928 men.  Oversamples of women, African-Americans, teens and Hispanics in various years.

National Survey of Children's Health 2004
Survey of 102,353 children in the U.S. aged 0 - 17 in 2003-4 assessing health and well-being.  Nationally representative samples for children under age 18 for each state; random sampling.

National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH)
Study examining drug use and access in the U.S. in various years since 1979.  Nationally representative sample of U.S. non-institutionalized population; ages of focus and sample sizes vary from year to year.  Generally uses multistage probability sample design.

New Zealand: Survey of Older People 2000
Study examining health and socio-economic characteristics of 3,060 non-institutionalized New Zealand residents aged 65 and older in 2000. An additional survey of 500 Maori elderly aged 65-69 also included.   Two-stage sample design.

Puerto Rican Maternal & Infant Health Survey
Survey of fertility, migration history and health of Puerto Rican women living in the U.S. or Puerto Rico who had a live birth or infant death in Puerto Rico, Connecticut, Florida, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York City or Pennsylvania between July 1, 1994 and December 31, 1995. 

Survey of Health, Aging and Retirement in Europe (SHARE)
2004 survey of health, aging and retirement in Europe.  Probability samples in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.  31,115 total individual responses.  Wave 2 collected in 2006-7; wave 3 in 2008-9.

Union Army Data
Military records, surgeon's certificates and census data collated to create a dataset containing information on Union Army recruits during the U.S. Civil War, including information on enlistment, military pension and medical records.  Information on recruits' household members’ information, family structure and socio-economic conditions also included.  One-stage sampling design; 39,616 individuals representing the whites who entered into the Union Army. 


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