In an article titled “Where Chronic Health Conditions and Coronavirus Could Collide,” the New York Times worked with PolicyMap to develop an index of health risk to severe COVID-19 illness. The New York Times interactive assigns a severe coronavirus risk designation for every county in the US.
PolicyMap Severe COVID-19 Health Risk Index
New data released from researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, in partnership with PolicyMap, identifies populations at highest risk of death due to COVID-19. We’re making the results of the study actionable with two new tools:
Read more about the research and tools on our blog.
PolicyMap COVID-19 Blog Posts
Mapping hospital capacity, chronic health conditions, and more can help identify places that may need to add hospital beds as the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds.
Layering data on demographics, health, medical facilities, and more can help identify neighborhoods likely to be the most harmed by the coronavirus.
Learn how our customers use PolicyMap to address the pandemic and other community health issues.
City of Lancaster, PA: COVID-19 PSA Mural Project
The City of Lancaster, PA employed local artists to address the hazards of COVID-19 through public murals. To make the greatest impact, the City needed to know how to reach those residents most vulnerable to the virus. Using PolicyMap’s data, maps, and expertise, the Lancaster Public Art department identified seven criteria to inform siting of their public service announcement (PSA) murals about social distancing, mask wearing, and mental health.
Quantum Foundation and the City of Delray Beach
PolicyMap customer Quantum Foundation and the City of Delray Beach teamed up to provide COVID-19 testing amid health equity concerns through Foundcare, a nonprofit Federally Qualified Health Center. The Quantum Foundation identified testing needs by examining PolicyMap data on co-morbidities, underlying health conditions and older age populations.
PolicyMap customer Northwell Health uses PolicyMap to identify underlying causes of health disparities at the neighborhood level. By building their own Patient Risk Score and Social Vulnerability Index using patient level data with aggregated community indices, Northwell Health will “flip the lens” from the traditional individual patient care focus to a more holistic community view.
First Book: COVID-19 Activation Network
In order to understand the impact that COVID-19 is having on their national network of educators and other organizations that serve children in need, First Book worked with PolicyMap to map their COVID-19 Activation Network. Based on an ongoing survey of First Book members, this map shows educators and organizations that are looking for books and other resources to provide to children so that they can continue their education from home.
I-DIEM (Institute for Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Management)
PolicyMap presented at I-DIEM COVID-19 virtual convening to identify minority populations and areas that may not be adequately served through responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. I-DIEM, the Institute for Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Management, is a resource and advocate for diversity and inclusion in Emergency Management Missions. I-DIEM shares PolicyMap’s dedication to provide data resources to better operationalize equity in emergency management during the pandemic and beyond.
Columbia University – Built Environment and Health Research Group
Relying on PolicyMap, researchers at Columbia University use PolicyMap to identify populations at risk for developing severe COVID-19 in a two-part series. Part I features PolicyMap data to detect various at-risk groups, and Part II reveals their risk analysis of vulnerable populations layered with hospital bed capacity.
Examine your community’s risk with Columbia University’s online PolicyMap tool.