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In the wake of Halloween, as the costumes go back in the closet and sugar rush dies down, many people are thinking ahead to exciting year-end events. While Thanksgiving or a trip you have planned during the holidays in December may come to mind first, after eating all that Halloween candy, many of us should also be thinking about our next trip to the dentist and dental care! (I know that is what I am thinking about as I bite into my third Snickers bar of the day…)
While making a dental appointment may seem routine for some, it can be tricky depending on whether you have dental insurance and where you live. Using the new Health Resources data on PolicyMap (from HRSA’s Area Health Resource File), you can get a picture of where the rate of dentists per capita is high and where it is very low. As seen in the map below, in many rural counties, such as in Alaska, there are actually no dentists. This New York Times article highlights one physician’s perspective on the dentist shortage and how he thinks the rest of the country should follow Alaska’s lead by investing in the training and placement of dental therapists to fill the void.
It probably doesn’t shock anyone to learn that when we aren’t working hard to improve PolicyMap, we like to find other interesting maps on the internet. We came across a great map used by an article at the Atlantic. This maps shows all the different names people call the night before Halloween. Here in the Mid-Atlantic, we seem to have a monopoly on “Mischief Night,” but Vermont has “Cabbage Night” and Michigan “Devil’s Night.” And you just thought it was Wednesday!
How about tonight? Many of us call it Halloween but there are other names for it. Thanks to PolicyMap, you can find out what people call it in your neck of the woods.
Due largely to the heritage of William Penn’s holy experiment, we here in southeastern Pennsylvania have the chance to live near people from lots of different religious backgrounds, many of which differently celebrate October 31st. So, if you call today one thing and your neighbor calls it another PolicyMap is here to help. Using our data, you can view the proportion of adherents to a specific religion in a given area.
If you or your neighbors are Roman Catholic:
Workforce Demographics – by Residence and Job Location
This exciting NEW data from the Census’ Longitudinal Employer – Household Dynamics (LEHD) can provide you with information on the demographics (earnings, education, race, and age) of working people who live in a particular area vs. the demographics of the people who work in that area. For example, did you know that?
- Over 50% of the people who work in Miami earn over $40,000 per year in their primary job, compared to only 30.56% of the workers who live in Miami.
- Of the 5 largest cities in the country – New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston and Philadelphia – Philadelphia has the highest rate of females who work in the City (53%).
- And, in those same 5 cities, Los Angeles has the highest percentage of workers who live within the City who don’t have a high school diploma.
This data is used by local economic development agencies across the country to create workforce investment strategies, stay on top of demographic and economic trends in their communities and even understand the impact of taxes on residents vs. workers in an area.
Use PolicyMap to visualize this data and conduct analysis for cities, counties, zip codes, census tracts and block groups. Data is available for 2002 through 2011 and can be found in the Jobs and Economy tab under Workforce Demographics by Residence and Workforce Demographics by Job Location. Learn more.
As stewards of publically available data, PolicyMap is thrilled to announce the addition of an exciting new dataset to our platform: Census’ Longitudinal Employer – Household Dynamics (LEHD). LEHD is a groundbreaking new program at the Census that partners with states to collect data on employment, wages, and Unemployment Insurance and combines these with federal administrative, Census, and survey data. The result is extremely fine-grained block-level data on where workers live and where workers work. LEHD contains data on worker demographics (age, sex, race, ethnicity, and educational attainment), jobs by earnings, and employment by job sector.
Given the scale of LEHD we are adding it to PolicyMap in stages, and the first installation of LEHD data is now available! Over the next several weeks we’ll be showcasing different indicators from this dataset here on our blog. But, we thought we would start by describing some of the things that have us so jazzed about LEHD!
LEHD offers data about jobs and data about workers.
With the government shutdown, you might think no new government data was released. But the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation is an independent government corporation, similar to Amtrak or the U.S. Postal Service, and as such, it doesn’t get shut down if Congress doesn’t pass a budget.
So with the FDIC still open, we updated two of our banking-related point indicators: FDIC Bank Failures and Bank Branch Offices.
SEPTEMBER 25, 2013
Boston MA — HPN, the Housing Partnership Network, member data is now live in PolicyMap and available to anyone with an HPN member email address. We’re also pleased to announce that we have partnered with PolicyMap to offer members a 15 percent discount on PolicyMap’s standard and premium accounts, available to both new and current subscribers. HPN members can also access the data by creating a free, basic account in PolicyMap.
Members interested in purchasing a standard or premium account with PolicyMap should use the promo code HPN15 at the time of purchase. For current subscribers, the discount will be available at your next subscription renewal.
PolicyMap is a GIS data mapping tool, developed by HPN member The Reinvestment Fund, that allows users to upload custom datasets and overlay that information with built-in data points or layers, such as demographics, home sale statistics, health data, mortgage trends, and school performance scores. HPN member data has been pre-loaded into the “My Sites” tab visible at the top of the left-hand column once you are logged into PolicyMap. By selecting “Housing Partnership Network Members” (under “My Site”), anyone with an HPN member email address can see corporate member data, such as organization name, location, website, business lines, and production data. Additionally, there are filters set up to allow for easy search by category (e.g., organizations that develop multifamily rental housing). Note: If you recently created a new account, it may take up to a day for the HPN member data to be visible.
If you have any questions about accessing HPN member data on PolicyMap or the 15 percent discount, please contact Jessica Davidson-Sawyer.
Read the official release here.
Where do you go to get primary health care? Increasingly, the answer to this question is not a traditional doctor’s office or hospital setting, but a Health Center. These community-based healthcare institutions serve populations with limited access to health care and are becoming an integral part of the healthcare landscape. According to the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), 1 out of 15 people living in the U.S. now relies on a HRSA-funded health center for primary care. This figure is likely to grow in light of the fact that health centers are slated to expand under the Affordable Care Act.
So what are the key components of a Health Center? According to HRSA, health centers fundamentally:
- Are located in or serving a high need community (designated Medically Underserved Area or Population);
- Are governed by a community board composed of a majority of health center patients that represent the population served;
- Provide comprehensive primary health care services as well as supportive services (education, translation and transportation, etc.) that promote access to health care;
- Provide services available to all with fees adjusted based on ability to pay;
- Meet other performance and accountability requirements regarding administrative, clinical, and financial operations.
By Adam Mazmanian; Oct 01, 2013
The shutdown manual provided by the Office of Management and Budget is putting a lot of public-facing government websites on the shelf as Congress and the White House try to come to terms on a temporary spending plan. At the same time, data feeds and government-run application programming interfaces (APIs) that answer calls for data from software and app developers are also going dark.
The datasets, tool catalog and government apps hosted by the General Services Administration at Data.gov are shut down, as are the popular Census APIs, data from the Centers for Disease Control, the National Center for Education Statistics, and other federal agencies. FCW has learned that government servers were heavily tasked by users of government data downloading files in advance of a shutdown.
The nonprofit data-mapping service PolicyMap, which relies on Census data, is still up and running, according to a blog post. PolicyMap doesn’t use APIs to pull data, relying on summary files it downloads from the government and hosts on its own servers. The government is pushing developers in that direction, and PolicyMap will likely shift to APIs.
“[The shutdown] doesn’t give me pause because we’re not there yet,” said Elizabeth Nash, director of data and product development at PolicyMap. “I think we can feel safe for the next couple of months using downloaded data.”
Continue reading the article by Adam Mazmanian on the FCW website