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Certain factors, such as sex, race/ethnicity, socioeconomic factors or age, can influence health or risk for certain diseases and conditions. The same is true for populations. Population characteristics can help determine the possible impact of health problems and disease trends and patterns over time and across locations. PA EPHT population characteristics include: age, sex and race/ethnicity by year and county. 

The Tracking Network uses U.S. Census Bureau databases to obtain state and local data about population characteristics. These data are based on whole groups (populations), rather than individual members of a particular group and can help to understand disease trends for specific populations. Therefore individual factors and genetics, which are components of health risk factors, are not part of these data.