Newsletter: November 2023

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Disconnected Youth: a Geographic View into the Youth Mental Health Crisis

Young people in America are facing a mental health crisis. To help organizations and researchers digging deeper into this alarming trend, PolicyMap added indicators from the Census ACS related to Disconnected Youth that show the estimated percent of people 16 to 19 years old who were not enrolled in school and were unemployed or not in the labor force.

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Listen to Founder & CEO Maggie McCullough on Digital Health Review’s Podcast!

Maggie McCullough joins host Blair Hirst to discuss how PolicyMap’s SDOH data can be used to prevent ER visits, measure inequities on multiple dimensions to understand the impact of health disease and solutions, development of synthetic populations, go-to-market advantages and pros/cons of using open source data in AI models.

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Wilmington Alliance

Wilmington Alliance, a nonprofit based in Wilmington, DE, promotes equitable wealth creation and community development through programs in Workforce Development; Entrepreneur and Small Business Support; and Creative Placemaking. With PolicyMap, the organization can use neighborhood-level data to identify and inform evidence-based strategies to empower the city’s diverse residents and businesses.

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Discover how Epistemix leverages PolicyMap data and visualizations to revolutionize predictive analytics. Dive into a real-world example of a simulation model for a diabetes prevention program.

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Cranston Public Library

The Cranston Public Library aspires to place a library card in every student’s hands. When looking at a map showing the concentration of library card holders across the city with PolicyMap, Library Director Edward Garcia saw a distinctly sparse area in the northernmost section of Cranston. Building a new full branch in the area is being discussed, but is a process that would take years to come to fruition. In the meantime, something needed to be done. Introducing mobile programming!

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Updated Data

Limited Supermarket Access areas from the 2023 Reinvestment Fund Limited Supermarket Access Analysis have been added to PolicyMap. The data covers three time periods – 2013, 2017 and 2022. This data is available in PolicyMap to all users. As a reminder, this does replace the former LSA and Rural LSA data that was previously in PolicyMap.

The IMLS Libraries locations have been updated with the most recent 2021 data. Please note that this update contains 2020-2021 data, thus the annual weeks open field is likely less than typical due to COVID closures. There are also some new indicators added to the info bubble, including data around library programming and ratio of Wi-Fi sessions to visits.

Home Sale Quarterly data for 2023 Q3 has been updated. This dataset shows the latest trends in the housing market, including median sale prices, the number of sales, and the % change in housing prices by zip codes.

The BLS LAU monthly data has been updated on PolicyMap to include the month of September 2023. It is available to all subscribers.

NMTC Eligibility status has now been updated on PolicyMap to reflect 2016-2020 ACS data. The NMTC status comes with other tract-level status indicators such as Severe Distress, OMB non-metropolitan status, and poverty and unemployment indicators.

We are committed to our promise of curated, cleaned, standardized, and always updated data. We’re posting real-time updates on our website and X (formerly known as Twitter).

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