Big Cities Health Coalition Transforms Paper Report into Open Data Platform
Today, the Big Cities Health Coalition debuted its first-ever digital release of a report that provides a health snapshot of Americans living in 26 major cities, from Boston to Miami to Los Angeles. For decades, this important health data existed in five editions of paper reports; now all 12,000 data points are available in a new open data platform, supported by Socrata.
The Big Cities Health Inventory monitors 34 health indicators in categories such as food safety, substance abuse, HIV/AIDS, and tracks demographic indicators, including life expectancy, household income, and high school graduates. The platform is the first of its kind to provide a broad, comparable view of city health in an open and interactive format to the public. This new resource increases the value of the Big Cities Health Coalition’s findings by making data searchable and machine-readable, allowing for wider distribution and customization to fit the needs of researchers, policymakers, and citizens in an unprecedented way.
“Public health officials who work every day to improve the lives of urban Americans will benefit greatly from the insights in this report,” said LaMar Hasbrouck, MD, Executive Director of the National Association of County and City Health Officials. “We know that public health work that is informed by best practices and sound data translates to great progress and better outcomes, not just for local health departments, but for the communities they serve.”