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Fulton County Health, Environment, and Livability Platform (HELP)

The PICH Program and the Georgia Institute of Technology School of City and Regional Planning created  the Health, Environment, and Livability Platform (HELP) database to make vital Fulton County statistics available on one platform to accelerate and improve health policy planning and implementation.

HELP,  launched in September 2017,  contains a wealth of statistical information on health, demographics and built environments in Fulton County’s 15 municipalities. Users will find data on mortality rates for various cardiovascular diseases and cancers; locations of clinical care and farmers’ markets; and income levels, walkability and bikeability scores, and housing costs. It also includes related reports and policies and links to supplemental information.

HELP has a unique feature that can integrate several data points simultaneously and present the results on maps, charts and graphs that provide a more comprehensive picture of a particular community’s or demographic group’s conditions and needs. The free and open database will be especially useful to policymakers, researchers, advocates and service providers, allowing them to see quickly where to target policy and programmatic efforts. Access it here.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Data

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently created the How Healthy Is Your State? online platform to view state and national statistics on prevalence rates of cholesterol, diabetes, heart attack, high blood pressure, obesity, stroke, tobacco use and other data on chronic disease and behavioral risk factors. Access it here.

The 500 Cities project is a collaboration between CDC, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the CDC Foundation that provides city- and census tract-level small area estimates for chronic disease risk factors, health outcomes, and clinical preventive service use for the largest 500 cities in the United States. Get more information about the 500 Cities project and view the interactive data map here.

The CDC’s Heart Disease and Stroke Map shows state- and county-level maps of heart disease and stroke mortality rates for the United States. Access the maps here.

CDC’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity (DNPAO) has made important updates to the Data, Trends and Maps database. View information about the data here.

Georgia Department of Health Data

In 2016, the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) released the Georgia Adult Disparities in Tobacco Use Report. Although cigarette smoking has declined significantly since 1964, a very large disparities in tobacco use remain across groups defined by race, ethnicity, educational level, and socioeconomic status and across regions of the country. View the report  here.

The Georgia Department of Health reports on the most recent smoking rate for the United States, Georgia and Fulton County, based on the 2015 Behavior Risk Factor Surveillance System.  View the slide  here.

Other Health Data

Healthy People, an initiative managed by the Office of  Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) at the  U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), provides science-based, 10-year national objectives for improving the health of all Americans. For  three decades, Healthy People has established benchmarks and monitored progress over time in order to encourage collaborations across communities and sectors, empower individuals toward making informed health decisions and measure the impact of prevention activities.  Healthy People 2020 includes over 1,200 objectives to monitor and improve the health of all Americans over the decade. The objectives are organized into 42 topic areas, each representing an important public health area. The initiative recently added new functionality to its interactive data tool that allows users to explore statistics and technical information related to the Healthy People 2020 objectives and to browse data by disparity and health indicator.  Access the Healthy People 2020 database here.

CityHealth, an initiative of the de Beaumont Foundation, offers the first-ever assessment of how the U.S.’s 40 largest cities fare when it comes to policies that can make real, lasting impacts in people’s everyday quality of life. View the data map here.

WalletHub, a personal finance website, compared 150 of the most populated U.S. cities across 34 key indicators of good health to select 2017’s healthiest cities. The data set ranges from “cost of doctor visit” to “fruit and vegetable consumption” to “fitness clubs per capita.” Get the list and interactive map here.

The Big Cities Health Inventory Data Platform features over 17,000 data points across 28 large cities, allowing users to examine a number of pressing health issues impacting urban communities across the country. View the data platform here.



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