Cities Can Address the Link between Their Fiscal and Physical Health

National Resource Network Executive Director David Eichenthal and Dr. Marc Gourevitch, professor and founding chair of the Department of Population Health at the New York University School of Medicine, write on TheHill.com about the connections between a city's fiscal and physical health and a new tool that can help city leaders better understand and address their health challenges. In their op-ed, they say:

There is a vicious circle where economic challenges drive physical health challenges, which have a direct impact on local economic competitiveness. This link between economic, fiscal and physical health is increasingly important to city leaders; a lack of data has been one barrier for cities wanting to take on these health issues.

This is changing with a new resource — the City Health Dashboard. Developed with funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, in partnership with New York University and the National Resource Network, the Dashboard provides data on 37 measures of health and economic status for the 500 largest U.S. cities.

 

Read the full piece here.

       

     

The picture on the homepage is "William Street - Trenton NJ" by Blake Bolinger and is licensed under CC BY 2.0.