Newsletter: September 2023


Where Elderly Americans Struggle to Find Affordable Housing 

As home prices surge and rents increase, growing parts of the country have become unaffordable for renters. Cities around the country are devising new strategies to create more affordable housing opportunities to combat the escalating housing crisis and rising homelessness among seniors. Current data shows us why.

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Social Determinants of Health Data Collection is Available Now!

Go beyond demographics with PolicyMap’s Collection of Social Determinants of Health Data. The collection includes all the non-medical factors influencing health and quality of life, supporting organizations as they work to improve outcomes, reduce inequalities, and optimize costs.

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Helping California Ensure Their Libraries’ Direction Is Consistent with Community Needs

The California State Library, in collaboration with Pacific Library Partnership, is now offering free access to PolicyMap as a resource for data and mapping to help elevate the offerings of public libraries in California for the betterment of communities.

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Updated Data

New pharmacy location data has been uploaded to PolicyMap. It is in a new “Pharmacies” submenu, alongside the existing “Rate of Pharmacies per 100,000 people” indicator.

The BLS LAU monthly data has been updated on PolicyMap to include the month of July 2023.

Updated SNAP Retailer Locations are now updated to 2023.

Data from The Census on Disconnected Youth and Population Age 3-4 Living in Households has been uploaded to PolicyMap.

The new CDC PLACES data is up on PolicyMap. It includes new indicators on people living with disabilities (hearing, vision, cognition, mobility, self-care, and independent living and any disability). A submenu has been added to Health, under Health Conditions.

PolicyMap has a new source for Retail-based Healthcare (e.g., Minute Clinics). Location data is available to premium subscribers only.

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.

Mobile Internet and Political Polarization, an analysis on Democratic and Republican voters’ relationship with 3G internet and subsequent support for congressional candidates and policy priorities, published by Nova School of Business and Economics.

The Role of Skilled Labor in Income-based Government-directed Bank Lending, a research paper published in the SMU Cox School of Business Research Paper Series.

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Upcoming Events

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2023 Pennsylvania Library
Association Conference

October 1-4, 2023
Pocono Manor, PA

The PaLA Conference offers the most comprehensive opportunity for members of the Pennsylvania library community to learn from leaders in the profession, experts in related fields, as well as from each other. Registration information here..


October 8-11, 2023
Las Vegas, NA

We’re thrilled to be at Healthcare’s #1 Innovation Event, HLTH, for the first time. Stop by our booth to learn how PolicyMap can help health and technology leaders improve outcomes, reduce inequalities, and optimize costs. Join us at HLTH, register here.

COSLA Annual Fall Meeting

October 29-November 1, 2023
Newport, RI

The 50th Annual COSLA Fall Meeting offers PolicyMap the chance to connect with state librarians and professionals. Registration information here.