Newsletter: April 2023


Business Vacancy Rates: Digging Deeper Post-Pandemic

The latest quarterly data on business vacancies from Vericast’s Valassis Lists Data is now available on PolicyMap and can allow for deeper local analysis of vacancy trends across cities and neighborhoods in the United States.

In the article, we explore business vacancy in PolicyMap’s hometown of Philadelphia. The recent data show rates have climbed back to pandemic highs.

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Cancer Patient and Doctor  

Understand Cancer Health Disparities Using Cancer Incidence Data from the CDC

Explore cancer health disparities with the CDC State Cancer Profiles data disaggregated by race and CDC Cancer Profiles data by cancer incidence type.

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Clean Energy Data Collection from PolicyMap  

Launching Next Week: Curated Collection of Clean Energy Data

A curated collection of current data related to energy communities, low-income communities, and other areas that may be eligible for clean energy project tax credits under the IRA will be available next week.

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Updated Data

The data on business and residential vacancies from Vericast’s Valassis Lists Data has been updated to include Q1 2023.

The CDC’s Cancer Profiles, estimates of the incidence and number of cancer cases in 2015-2019, are now on PolicyMap. They include statistics on cancer cases by type (i.e., organs affected), with breakdowns by race/ethnicity and gender for most counties in the United States.

Small Area Fair Market Rents (FMR) from HUD have been updated to 2023. They are presented as dollar amounts for particular-sized units for the upcoming year, e.g., fair market rent for a 2-bedroom in Zip Code: 80238 is $2,480 for 2023 (shown below). Available to all users.

The CDFI eligibility dataset from the CDFI Fund is now updated to 2023 to reflect the updated 2016-2020 ACS criteria. It is available to all users.

We are committed to our promise of curated, cleaned, standardized, and always updated data. We’re posting real-time updates on our website and Twitter.
In case you missed it

Published Research

Explore scholarly works from students and researchers using PolicyMap.
Social Determinants, Cardiovascular Disease, and Health Care Cost: A Nationwide Study in the United States Using Machine Learning published in the Journal of the American Heart Association.
The Memphis Pandemic Health Informatics System (MEMPHI-SYS)—Creating a Metropolitan COVID-19 Data Registry Linked Directly to Community Testing to Enhance Population Health Surveillance published in the Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness.
Students and researchers can share their work here.

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Accelerating Health Equity Conference

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