Population health resource to give US cities access to key data

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Nationwide expansion of the City Health Dashboard, an innovative health data visualization tool. Created by the Department of Population Health at NYU Langone Medical Center and the Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service at NYU. In partnership with the National Resource Network. The City Health Dashboard launched earlier this year in four cities.

The four pilot cities Flint, Michigan, Kansas City, Kansas; Providence, Rhode Island; and Waco, Texas are already incorporating the City Health Dashboard into their efforts to improve health. Prosper Waco, a nonprofit organization is using the site to help determine its inner city’s need for services related to high teen birth rate.

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Furthermore, it will expand to 500 additional cities over the next two years through a $3.4 million. Grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation with the ultimate goal of becoming a central health improvement planning resource. For U.S. cities with populations of 70,000 or more, or one-third of the U.S. population.

Responsive and highly reliable web interface

However, users of the City Health Dashboard have the ability to view their city’s performance in 26 key measures of health, like obesity and primary care physician coverage and drivers of health status, such as housing affordability, high school graduation rate, food access, and opioid deaths. For many of the measures, data can be accessed at the neighborhood level.

In addition, the City Health Dashboard places in the hands of city leaders and community organizations. Because a responsive and highly reliable web interface with regularly refreshed health-related data. overseen by a team of epidemiologists, population health and urban policy experts, and geographic information system specialists.

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Moreover, Data presented by the City Health Dashboard are drawn from federal and state governments and other organizations that apply rigorous methodology to data collection, including the U.S. Census Bureau, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Environmental Protection Agency.

Meanwhile, the expanded City Health Dashboard will offer enhanced technical support features to cities more actively engaged in data-driven policy-making. All cities will have access to features to compare peer cities and neighborhoods. Still tools for tracking performance, and resources to deep-dive into more advanced microdata interfacing.

 

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