Newsletter: August 2023

Surrounded by hurricane Ian rainfall flood waters homes in Florida residential area. Consequences of natural disaster

Mapping the Interplay of Flood Risks, Population Density, and Property Values in Southern Florida

The 2023 FEMA Flood Maps are now updated on PolicyMap. The Flood Zone Designations provides an in-depth risk analysis of flood hazard zones and serve as a poignant reminder of the escalating threats faced by numerous regions across the state. With this update, PolicyMap’s subscribers gain access to a wealth of insights that possess the power to shape strategies, policies, and proactive responses to the pressing challenges at hand.

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PolicyMap’s Latest Update Lets Users Customize Color Ranges

PolicyMap now offers users the ability to create custom color ranges. The new flexibility in the application allows users to design maps that are consistent with their organization brand colors, comply with regulatory or government requirements, or follow industry standards.

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Coming Soon: Curated Collection of Social Determinants of Health Data

The new collection will help health organizations improve awareness of social risks, adjust clinical plans, link clinical and community services with patient needs, and enhance advocacy efforts.

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California Public Library Staff Now have Statewide Access to PolicyMap

PolicyMap is now available to all California public library staff as part of a statewide initiative by the California State Library and the Pacific Library Partnership to support libraries in making equity-based, data-driven decisions for community impact.

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Updated Data

Data from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) on Medically Underserved Areas (MUA) is now updated on PolicyMap for 2023. This dataset includes information on all census tracts designated as medically underserved areas & populations, as well as an index of medical underservice.

The CDC Social Vulnerability Index (SVI) data has been updated on PolicyMap for 2020. This dataset has information on areas where residents will be in greatest need of support and assistance after a disaster or extreme weather event takes place.

The Map the Meal Gap data from Feeding America is now updated to 2021. This data addresses food insecurity among adults and children, as well as the annual food budget shortfall and average meal costs.

Home Sale Quarterly data has been updated for 2022 Q4, 2023 Q1, and 2023 Q2. Home Sale Annual data has also been updated for 2022. It shows the median sale price, number of sales, and % change in housing prices by zip code.

Data from FEMA on flood maps has been updated in PolicyMap to the latest release for 2023. FEMA produces these maps to show how at risk an area might be for flooding. 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. You Can’t Just Land on the Moon and Have a Rock Club: A Case Study of Racialization, Gentrification and Place Reputation in Fishtown, published in the Temple University ProQuest Dissertations.

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2023 NACCED Annual Conference

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