New York City Community Health Survey, 2007 (ICPSR 27363)

Principal Investigator(s):
New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Version V1

This data collection has been deaccessioned; it is no longer distributed by ICPSR.

The 2007 New York City Community Health Survey (CHS) obtained telephone interviews with a representative sample of 9,520 adults age 18 years and older living in the 5 boroughs of New York City. CHS 2007 covered the following health topics: general health status, health care access, dental care, preventive counseling, mental health, cardiovascular health, diabetes, asthma, physical activity, nutrition, smoking, second-hand smoke, child care, cancer screening, HIV, sexual behavior, alcohol use, and immunizations. Interviews were completed in English, Spanish, Russian, Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese), as well as multiple other languages, according to the preference of the respondent. The interviews were conducted by Baruch Survey Research Unit between March and November, 2007. The sample was geo-stratified to collect interviews from 42 United Hospital Fund (UHF) areas in New York City. Weights were constructed at the UHF-level to allow the sample to provide neighborhood-level estimations of both individual adults and of households in New York City. The margin of sampling error for the complete set of weighted data is +/-1.44 percent for citywide household estimations, and +/-1.56 percent for citywide individual-level estimations. A core group of demographic variables are included to facilitate weighting and comparisons among different groups of New Yorkers. These demographic variables include gender, age, marital status, employment status, race, income, and educational attainment.

New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

ZIP code aggregations called UHFs

2007-03 -- 2007-11

The telephone sample was provided by MSG-Genesys, Inc. according to Baruch's specifications. The sample was drawn using standard list-assisted random-digit dialing methodology. The questionnaire was developed by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DoHMH), with consultation from Baruch. The survey instrument was composed of questions from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) and other established national surveys, plus a small number of questions to address the unique needs of the DoHMH. Trustforte Translation Services translated the final questionnaire into Spanish. Both English and Spanish were then programmed into a CATI instrument. The DoHMH translated the instrument into Russian and Chinese translations. Interviews in other languages, were conducted using live translation services provided by Language Line Services. Calls were staggered over times of the day and days of the week to maximize the chance of making contact with potential respondents. The CATI program randomly selected an adult to be interviewed, distinguishing by sex and age (for example, asking for the "second-oldest female"). This random selection was slightly biased toward men: 60-40.

As in previous years, CHS 2007 used a stratified random sample in order to produce citywide, as well as neighborhood-specific, estimates. Strata were defined using the United Hospital Fund's (UHF) neighborhood designation, modified slightly for the addition of new ZIP codes since UHF's initial definitions. There are a total of 42 UHF neighborhoods in New York City, each defined by several adjoining ZIP codes. The total sample size in 2007 was 9,520, distributed among the 42 neighborhoods. To increase statistical power, several neighborhoods were combined, resulting in 34 neighborhoods. The survey sampling methodology does not capture the following groups: households without any telephone service and households that have only a cellular phone (only landlines were included in the initial sampling frame).

Telephone interviews with a representative sample of 9,520 adults age 18 and older living in the 5 boroughs of New York City. Interviews were done in English, Spanish, Russian, Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese), as well as multiple other languages.

survey data

Based on the final dispositions of numbers dialed for the survey, Response Rate is 14 percent and Cooperation Rate is 79 percent.



2016-12-07 Internal records were updated.

2010-09-03 ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Performed consistency checks.
  • Created variable labels and/or value labels.
  • Created online analysis version with question text.
  • Performed recodes and/or calculated derived variables.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.

In order to appropriately analyze CHS data, weights were applied to each record. The weight consisted of the probability of selection (number of adults in each household/number of residential telephone lines), as well as a post-stratification weight. The post-stratification weights were created by weighting each record up to the population of the UHF neighborhood, while taking into account the respondent's age, sex, and race. The weighting variable for CHS 2007 is WT8.