Partnership Spotlight: America’s Promise Alliance and the Center for Promise

Community Commons is excited to announce a new partnership with America’s Promise Alliance, an interdisciplinary alliance that works to improve the well-being of youth across the US, and its research institute, Center for Promise, housed at Boston University through their partnerships, research and programming they are able to provide community change-makers with the information they … Read more

Member Spotlight: Meeting the Health Needs of Migrant Workers

Jason Pace is the Farm Services Manager at the Community Health Partnership of Illinois (CHP). He oversees health outreach programs located in clinics and service sites throughout Northern and Central Illinois. The program provides services for an often overlooked group- seasonal migrant workers and their families. Through Community Commons’ Health Needs Assessments he has been able to … Read more

Data Viz of the Week: What Are Metropolitan Statistical Areas?

Metropolitan Statistical Areas, or MSA’s, is a term often used when describing data geography. MSA’s are defined as: Geographic entities delineated by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for use by Federal statistical agencies in collecting, tabulating, and publishing Federal statistics.  A MSA contains a core urban area of 50,000 or more population. Each … Read more

A New Resource for Health: The Practical Playbook

Donning the slogan, “Helping public health and primary care work together to improve population health,” the Practical Playbook is a new resource focused on supporting collaboration and innovation in community health work.  Launched in mid-2016, the Playbook’s development was supported by de Beaumont Foundation and Duke University Community and Family Medicine. The online resource center … Read more

Mapping Climate Change Indicators

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently released climate change-related data. By looking at these climate change indicators, we can see how our climate has changed over time. Rising global temperatures, which are significantly driven by greenhouse gases, are an important contributor in these changes. With climate change it’s hard to say an extreme weather event is caused by … Read more