Data and Community Health
Understanding neighborhood conditions is essential to keeping people healthy and cutting medical costs.
When it comes to our health, perhaps the greatest predictor of how long we’ll live and how much it will cost to keep us healthy is the place on the map where we live – the home, the neighborhood, the zip code.
To understand the non-medical factors — the social determinants of health — you need data. Data comes from a host of sources: national datasets (such as the Census and the CDC), national and local analyses, and de-identified patient data.
How can state agencies and health providers use data on maps to improve community health outcomes and reduce costs?