This resources helps explore community conditions that predict life expectancy, comparison and ranking of scores across the state, and determining actionable policy solutions to improve health.
The VitaImpact website is an interactive tool, designed to show linkages between targeted social initiatives and the many other aspects by which they can broadly impact a community.
This tool brings together various sources of health, socio-economic and environmental information in a convenient, central location to help answer questions about and improve health and healthcare.
The Distressed Communities Index (DCI) is a new and interactive way to visualize economic distress and prosperity across 25,000 zip codes in the U.S.
The DCI combines seven complementary metrics into a broad-based assessment of community economic well-being in the United States. Relying on Census Bureau data for the years 2011 to 2015, the DCI covers over 26,000 zip codes and 99.9 percent of the U.S. population as well as cities, counties and congressional districts, enabling Americans to understand how their local well-being stacks up at every scale of life. The DCI groups places evenly into five different tiers based on their performance on the index: Prosperous, comfortable, mid-tier, at risk, and distressed.
Learn more about the organization that developed the DCI, the Economic Innovation Group and their other projects here.
The California Healthy Places Index (HPI) is a dynamic interactive resource, designed to support informed prioritization of public and private investments in communities statewide.
Developed by the Public Health Alliance of Southern California, with support from Virginia Commonwealth University’s Center on Society and Health, HPI helps explore community conditions that predict life expectancy, comparison and ranking of scores across the state, and determining actionable policy solutions to improve health.
There are several features on the HPI to facilitate ease-of-use and accurate interpretation of findings. Using percentile ranks, the data is relatively easy to interpret for 25 indicators and many more health outcomes, risk behaviors and other factors. For its many selectable geographies – from census tract level, to city or county, or legislative districts or more – an overall HPI score reflects a weighted and validated combination of 25 community characteristics. These scores for each census tract can be compared across the state.
The community conditions, or HPI Indicators, fall into eight important policy action areas, including: Economic; Education; Housing; Health Care Access; Neighborhood; Clean Environment; Transportation; and Social Factors. For each HPI Indicator, a detailed policy guide is available with specific, relevant and concrete policy interventions aimed at improving that community condition and community health.
HealthLandscape is an interactive web-based mapping tool that allows health professionals, policy makers, academic researchers, and planners to combine, analyze and display information in ways that promote better understanding of health and the forces that affect it.
HealthLandscape is a division of the American Academy of Family Physicians, working with the Robert Graham Center in the successful development of the HealthLandscape mapping platform. The tool brings together various sources of health, socio-economic and environmental information in a convenient, central location to help answer questions about and improve health and healthcare. HealthLandscape can be used to create maps from publicly available data sets including regional criminal justice, education, healthcare, and demographic data, allowing users to discover community characteristics and share information with health professionals, policy makers, and legislators.
Using Geospatial Analysis, HealthLandscape is dedicated not only to data democratization and data visualization, but also to research related to health, health care and social determinants of health. HealthLandscape is actively:
The Vita Health and Wellness district VitaImpact website is an interactive tool, designed to show linkages between targeted social initiatives and the many other aspects by which they can broadly impact a community.
Although the site was designed to reflect the variety of efforts at work in the Vita district of Stamford, Connecticut, it is configured for application to any community and is intended to be a ‘living’ site where content and linkages are continuously updated so that successive visits are never the same! Please see our helpful introductory video presentation.
Our “village” is tagged with seven of Vita’s key program initiatives: Community Building; Revitalized Public Housing; City Improvements; Communal Farm; Health Care Access; Small Business & Jobs; and Parents as Co-Educators. Clicking on any of the tags will bring you a description of the program activity, along with a few facts about its purpose, partners and any outcomes measured. Under the program title you’ll see an array of icons to depict the Impact Areas that are activated by the program: some with as few as three and others with as many as nine impact areas!
To create the catalogue of potential impact areas for the Vita initiative, we utilized the Health Impact Assessment model of the National Research Council (2011), and selected the following ten areas:
Click on any of those icons (at the bottom left) and you’ll find a detailed, “Vita-centric” description along with a “more” arrow which is a short cut to the program initiative that it is linked to. Additional links embedded in each definition and drop-down screen will bring you to our many descriptive resource materials, including studies, videos, images and reports that support each one.
For more information on the Vita Impact website, please contact Vincent Tufo at email@example.com.
Dignity Health developed the first standardized Community Need Index (CNI) in partnership with Truven Health Analytics. The CNI identifies the severity of health disparity for every zip code in the United States based on five specific barriers to healthcare access.
Rather than relying solely on public health data, the CNI accounts for the underlying social and economic barriers that affect overall health. Using a combination of research, literature, and experiential evidence, Dignity Health identified five prominent socio-economic barriers that enable us to quantify health care access in communities across the nation: Income, Cultural/Language, Education, Insurance, and Housing. The tool allows you to generate a map based on city or county. By identifying barriers, Dignity’s CNI tool attempts to demonstrate links, at the city or county level, between community need, access to care, and preventable hospitalizations.
For more information on how the five barriers were selected, what the scores mean, and how to use the CNI, click here.
Created through a partnership between the South Carolina Association for Economic Development (SCACED) and The MITRE Corporation, Healthy Insights South Carolina is an online tool that utilizes public data sources to guide initiatives that improve health in South Carolina communities.
Healthy Insights South Carolina enables users to identify communities most in need of access to healthy lifestyle resources and to pinpoint potential opportunities for interventions and investment. This publicly accessible tool has three primary functions:
1) To drill down to the census tract level to identify communities most in need of access to healthy lifestyle resources and to inform investment decisions;
2) Using predictor modeling, to illustrate how changes in socioeconomic factors like education and income affect rates of poor health outcomes like obesity and diabetes; and
3) To identify and mobilize local SCACED partnerships and community resources.
Utilizing the Healthy Insights tool, in December 2016 SCACED identified opportunities for investment in four communities across South Carolina. These projects bring together multiple partners and addresses socioeconomic and health issues facing their communities.
The National Equity Atlas, developed by PolicyLink and the University of Southern California’s Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE), is a comprehensive online resource for data on demographic change, racial and economic inclusion, and the potential economic benefits of racial equity.
This first-of-its-kind data tool is for the community leaders and policymakers who are working to build a new economy that is equitable, resilient, and prosperous—region by region, and state by state.
The Atlas is a tool for social change. Beyond providing data, charts, and maps, the Atlas shares policy ideas, examples of how communities are using equity data to drive policy change, and more. It equips community leaders with facts and analyses to:
The Atlas is a living resource, and PolicyLink and PERE recently added more disaggregated racial/ethnic data by ancestry for six equity indicators including wages, education, and youth disconnectedness for the largest 100 cities, largest 150 regions, all 50 states, and the United States as a whole.
You will find a short summary highlighting changing demographics and key equity indicators for your community here: http://nationalequityatlas.org/data-summaries
Explore the 32 Atlas indicators in-depth here: http://nationalequityatlas.org/indicators
In the “Data and Methods” section you can find a list of the cities and regions included in the Atlas, along with information about our indicators, data sources, and methods, and FAQs: http://nationalequityatlas.org/about-the-atlas/data-methods
Check out our “Data in Action” section for stories about the data in the Atlas, recent updates, and examples of how communities are using equity data to drive change efforts: http://nationalequityatlas.org/data-in-action/stories
Here you can find Equity Profiles produced for a dozen communities and reports with comparative analyses: http://nationalequityatlas.org/reports
Want to show how where you live contributes to how long you’ll live? This site tracks differing life expectancy along transit stops and highway exits in Atlanta, Chicago, Las Vegas, New York City and Richmond, VA.
A series of ready-to-use maps, developed for the RWJF Commission to Build a Healthier America, show life expectancy disparities by freeway exit or transit stop in Atlanta, Chicago, Las Vegas, New York City, and Richmond, VA. Twelve additional cities are coming soon. The database combines vital statistics and population data to calculate newborn life expectancy, and underscores the connection between neighborhood conditions and health.
Check out our Network’s Picks blog series for more maps!
PolicyMap is an interactive tool developed by The Reinvestment Fund (TRF) for research, market studies, business planning, site selection, grant applications, and impact analysis. Available data include demographics, home sales, health data, mortgage trends, school performance scores, workforce data, and crime statistics.
Using GIS data, this tool allows users to create thousands of maps on neighborhood demographics. Use the maps for public policy, state funding, or business expansion initiatives, for example.
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The Child Opportunity Index is an interactive tool that lets you visualize how neighborhoods in the 100 largest U.S. cities fare on creating opportunities for children to be healthy physically, socially, and developmentally.
The Child Opportunity Index captures the many neighborhood conditions and resources that influence child health and development. The index and its corresponding interactive mapping tool help planners understand whether all children have equitable access to neighborhood opportunities. The Index is a product of diversitydatakids.org and the Kirwan Institute.
Because the index can simultaneously assess up to 19 measures of neighborhood contributors to health, it can better capture the combination of risks and resources that make up a child’s neighborhood. No specialized training is needed to use the tool. The mapping tool covers all neighborhoods (census tracts) in the 100 largest U.S. metropolitan areas.
Use the tool to:
• Guide conversations about the extent of inequities in children’s neighborhoods
• Inform community investment planning efforts and community needs assessments (including data reporting under the Affordable Care Act)
• Facilitate community-focused equity studies (e.g., fair housing assessments, health impact analyses)
• Read more in Health Affairs.
• See how other stakeholders are using the Child Opportunity Index.
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This interactive tool by Community Commons lets you document conditions in your own neighborhood. Combining thousands of databases, this resource provides community data on income, education, food access, safety net program use, public housing, health care spending, banking resources, and more. See maps others have made or create a map of your own community.