Online Program

Leveraging Open Data to Connect Stakeholders to Disparate Data: State Tobacco Activities Tracking and Evaluation (STATE) System Update

Monday, November 2, 2015 : 1:30 p.m. - 1:50 p.m.

Allison MacNeil, MPH, Office on Smoking and Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA
Brandon Kenemer, MPH, Office on Smoking and Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Carter Consulting, Inc.), Atlanta, GA
Kisha-Ann S. Williams, MPH, CHES, NCCDPHP, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA
Nishika Vidanage, MPH, MA, CDC, Atlanta, GA
Gabrielle R. Promoff, MA, Office on Smoking and Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA

Tobacco use remains the leading preventable cause of disability and death in the United States. As part of its mission to reduce the incidence of tobacco-related mortality and morbidity, CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health (OSH) created the National Tobacco Control Program, which funds tobacco control activities in all 50 states and DC. The data necessary to evaluate state tobacco control programs are available from many sources, are often difficult to obtain and is not standardized for comparability.  To disseminate reliable, timely state-level data, OSH created the STATE System, an interactive, online application that integrates tobacco control data from multiple, disparate sources into comprehensive summary reports that facilitate evaluation and aid in consistent data interpretation across states.


Focusing on the changing data needs of target users, OSH researched new ways to disseminate data faster and provide a high-quality user experience at a lower cost. In the past year, OSH implemented new tools to enhance the STATE System and increase usability and access.


In 2015, OSH migrated the STATE System data to an open data platform.  Leveraging open data allows OSH to save resources by reducing custom development; lessen time to market for enhancements and data; increase reach and accessibility of data; satisfy growing users’ data demands; and foster data innovation.


The tools implemented by OSH increased access to the STATE System data, reached a wider public health audience through greater flexibility and customization, provided richer user experiences and data visualizations and enhanced interactivity for different types of users.

Learning Areas:

Communication and informatics

Learning Objectives:
Describe the use of the STATE System to access key tobacco control program evaluation data. Demonstrate how the STATE System can be used as a model for developing data systems to evaluate other chronic disease prevention programs. Discuss the advantages of using open data to connect users to disparate data on a public health topic

Keyword(s): Chronic Disease Prevention, Communication Technology

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been a public health advisor for the Office on Smoking and Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for more than six years focusing on the development of tobacco use data applications, analysis of tobacco product types and emerging areas of tobacco control, and goals related to tobacco control policies, public health issues, legislation, and performance.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.