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

Data Update: Food Deserts

The 2015 FARA food desert data are now available in the Community Commons Maproom. Released as a set in early 2017, the Food Access Research Atlas (FARA) data provide communities across the nation with an updated look at food access and, more importantly, a view of how food deserts have changed since 2010. Read more