City Health Dashboard Announces Life Expectancy Metric

Where we live makes a difference in how well and how long we live. Using new data available from the United States Small-Area LifeExpectancy Estimates Project (USALEEP)a joint effort of the National Association for Public Health Statistics and Information Systems (NAPHSIS), the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundationthe City Health Dashboard is excited to announce a new metric: life expectancy at birth.

These new life expectancy data at the neighborhood level help show how people living just a few blocks apart may have vastly different opportunities for a long life. Eligible Dashboard cities may now compare their local life expectancy data with neighboring cities, peer communities, and the national average.

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 in 2017 in four cities with a strong reception. It is expanding to 500 additional cities through 2019 with a $3.4 million grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation—with the ultimate goal of becoming a central resource for urban health planning for U.S. cities with populations of 70,000 or more.