Arkansas Center for Health Improvement

Multi-State Integrated Data (MSID) Initiative

As one of the original participating states in the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) State Planning Grant (SPG) Program for grant period 2000–2001, the Arkansas team found a need to access existing data in a time frame that was conducive to policy decision-making discussions. To address this challenge, Arkansas utilized existing technologies and developed methods to incorporate existing data into a manageable format. The result of these efforts was the development of an Integrated Database as a data extraction tool.

With HRSA's support and funding, the Arkansas team developed a Multi-State Integrated Database (MSID) that provided this type of access to data for states funded through four rounds of the State Planning Grant Program. The MSID incorporated three national datasets into the MSID:

  • Current Population Survey (CPS), by the US Census Bureau, with select health insurance questions and household economic information that provides state-specific estimates
  • Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), a state-level survey, supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, that is the nation’s major source of household information on health status and use of select services that provides state-specific estimates
  • County Business Patterns, from the US Census Bureau, which provides information on existing businesses including industry type, employee number, and size of establishments based upon the number of employees. In the context of the MSID, these data served as the major source of information on business targets for health insurance expansion strategies.


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Arkansas Center for Health Improvement
1401 West Capitol
Suite 300 (Victory Building)
Little Rock, AR 72201