City-Level Health Data at Your Fingertips

Where we live makes a difference in how well and how long we live. As the Network sought to conduct assessments of city strengths and weaknesses to help shape technical assistance engagements, it was unable to fully assess health needs due to a lack of data. Still, in city after city, health was often at the center of opportunities and challenges.

The Network – through consortium member NYU Wagner – sought to close the gap. With planning funds from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, an NYU team led by the Department of Population Health at NYU Langone Health partnered with four cities involved in Network engagements and peer activity (Flint, Michigan; Kansas City, Kansas; Providence, Rhode Island; and Waco, Texas) to identify the right measures to include in a city level health data dashboard.

After the pilot stage, $3 million more in Robert Wood Johnson Foundation support allowed the NYU team to collect and analyze data from over 500 cities – every city with more than 66,000 residents. The Dashboard presents data on more than 30 measures such as: social and economic factors, physical environment, health behavior, health outcomes and clinical care.

The Dashboard is available at cityhealthdashboard.com.

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