PolicyMap for Community Health
Use PolicyMap as a single point of entry to evaluate trends, access benchmarks, and strategically target interventions designed to improve health outcomes. Have access to easy-to-use mapping tools for data on social determinants of health, health outcomes, housing and environmental conditions, and more.
By using exclusive data at the census tract and zip code geographic level, you can gain insights to specific neighborhoods that aren't possible with county-level data alone.
Understand social determinants of health
Improve health outcomes by understanding the socioeconomic conditions and other social determinants of health in the communities in which you work.
Locate partners and community assets
Identify existing community assets such as housing providers, schools, supermarkets, clinics, and others with whom to partner on your initiatives.
Leverage additional funding opportunities
Identify additional types of funding in your area such as Opportunity Zone or CRA Eligible census tracts.
Researchers and academics regularly rely on PolicyMap's data for their publications. Here are just a few:
- Process Evaluation of Strong Hearts, Healthy Communities: A Rural Community-Based Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Program (Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior)
- PolicyMap: Mapping Social Determinants of Health (Medical Reference Services Quarterly)
- Recommendation of PolicyMap (Journal of the Medical Library Association)
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Data for Community Health
PolicyMap contains a wide array of community level health data, ranging from incidence of diseases and chronic conditions, to locations of health infrastructure, to key social determinants of health. Valuable data is available at the census tract and zip code level, for neighborhood-level insights.
Exclusively on PolicyMap:
PolicyMap's expert data team uses advanced small-area estimate methodology to generate data at the census tract and zip code level, which gives insights into specific neighborhoods that aren't available with county-level data available elsewhere.
Community Hospital Corporation
In order to help community hospitals, Community Hospital Corporation’s strategic planning team relies on having current and in-depth data to conduct Community Health Needs Assessments (CHNAs).
CHC was able to use a wide variety of data from PolicyMap at a local level, on population growth, age, race, ethnicity, economic factors, educational attainment, food insecurity, and more. Combined with data CHC gathered from local sources, they were able to identify and consider the most significant health needs within hospitals’ communities. This helped hospitals and community organizations set priorities, strengthen existing programs and services, and make adjustments to improve community health.
Make maps. Fast.
Visualize data with no previous experience required. The up-to-date data you need is already loaded, so you don't need to find it on another site.
Upload your own address-level data.
See how data specific to your work compares to indicators on PolicyMap, just by uploading a spreadsheet of addresses.
Use data from PolicyMap in other tools by downloading CSV files that are consistently formatted regardless of the data’s source.
Easily create profile reports.
Produce quick summary documents of communities with comprehensive data and charts on a range of subjects, like demographics and employment, mortgage lending, and rental housing.
Find areas that meet specific criteria.
Find areas you’re looking for by setting specific criteria for multiple indicators and seeing where they match.