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A New 'City Health Dashboard' for 500 U.S. Cities

New online tool shows how New Yorkers fare on health metrics

May 15, 2018

By Robin D. Schatz

Read More: http://www.crainsnewyork.com/article...orkers-fare-on

A new population health tool debuts today, offering researchers and policymakers in New York City and 499 other urban centers nationwide a window into how its residents fare on a variety of environmental, behavioral and health measures.

- The City Health Dashboard, developed by NYU Langone Medical Center and the Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service at NYU, features both city- and neighborhood-level data. For some cities, this is the first time such comprehensive data has been made available, said Dr. Marc Gourevitch, principal investigator of the City Health Dashboard and chair of the Department of Population Health at NYU School of Medicine. --- He added that New Yorkers could use the data to benchmark some of their progress in achieving better health outcomes and "bring into sharper relief some of the goals for which more progress is needed." The health dashboard originally launched in January as a pilot in Flint, Mich.; Kansas City, Kan.; Providence, R.I.; and Waco, Texas.

- The data show that 29% of New York's schoolchildren live in poverty, compared with an average of 23.6% across the 500 cities. The rate of chronic school absenteeism exceeds the national average: 29.1%, compared with an average of 17.1%. On the plus side, the city's opioid death rate was lower than the average: 6.5 deaths per 100,000 people from 2012 to 2014, versus an average of 8.4 deaths across all the cities. And breast cancer fatalities were lower than the average: 22.6 breast cancer deaths per 100,000 women, compared with an average of 25.4. --- The dashboard also looks at lifestyle habits affecting health. Adult New Yorkers are less likely to smoke than their peers and just about as likely to binge drink. But they're more likely to have been physically inactive in their leisure time. Among adults in the city, 30.5% reported no physical activity in the past 30 days, versus 25.5% for all the cities.


Online Health Tool Database: https://www.cityhealthdashboard.com/

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