Figure 5 Topical Trends in Requests across Jurisdictional Levels
4. Topical Trends in Government Requests Over Time
Analysis of the requests received from government entities over time
may be indicative of trends in the needs of government officials in the past
several years. While many major topic areas have comprised a consistent
proportion of requests submitted throughout the Network’s history, some
topics have changed in frequency over the thirty-seven month study period.
For example, requests related to maternal and child health, health reform
and alcohol and drug abuse have all significantly increased in frequency. In
contrast, requests related to injury prevention and safety declined in overall
C. Geographic Trends
Requests submitted by employees of government entities originated in 48
different states. Requests from government entities tended to reflect the
same patterns in terms of geographic frequency as the larger pool of re-
quests; more requests tended to come from states where Network regional
centers were located as well as from hubs for public health work.
factors, as well as the limits imposed on data analysis by the relatively
small pool of total requests, complicate any attempt to identify national
trends based on Network data. However, we did identify potential trends in
two geographic analyses: ( 1) topical differences in requests from varying
Network regions and ( 2) geographic trends in requests across state and local
18. Such as Georgia, headquarters of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
and Washington, D. C., where numerous federal agencies are located.