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This is the second in a series of books devoted to monitoring the status of the health care safety net in the United States. Complete information about this project, including the geographic areas and measures included in this book, is available in the first volume, Monitoring the Health Care Safety Net-Book 1. Data for Metropolitan Areas. The third volume, Monitoring the Health Care Safety Net-Book 3. Tools for Monitoring the Health Care Safety Net, provides guidance on a variety of topics related to monitoring local safety nets.

All three volumes are available free of charge by calling the AHRQ Publications Clearinghouse at (800) 358-9295; by mail from the AHRQ Publications Clearinghouse, P.O. Box 8547, Silver Spring, MD 20907-8547; or by sending an E-mail to Please request the following publication numbers:

Book Publication Number
1. Data for Metropolitan Areas AHRQ 03-0025
2. Data for States and Counties AHRQ 03-0026
3. Tools for Monitoring the Health Care Safety Net AHRQ 03-0027

All three publications are also available on the World Wide Web at

All of the data included in the first two volumes are available on the CD included with the first volume and in a variety of formats on the same Web site. One update of the data set is planned; details of this update will be posted on the Web site when they become available.

Also available on the Web site is a Safety Net Profile Tool, which offers easy access to all the data included in the Safety Net Monitoring Initiative. The Profile Tool will guide the user step-by-step in obtaining statistics and can be used to generate reports that compare multiple measures for one or more geographic areas.

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