Data has become the backbone on which we base our health decisions. That puts a great deal of pressure on communities to understand the data they receive, to interpret that data correctly, and then use it in the way it was intended. Read more
What if people in your community smoked less and were more active?
- How many cases of heart disease or diabetes would be prevented?
- How many years of life would be gained?
- And how many dollars could be put to better use?
Our good friend Ted Eytan from the Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health writes an excellent blog chronicling his life and work in Washington D.C. We’re proud that his postings often including one or more Community Commons maps that he uses to help tell his story. He gave us permission to share one of his latest with you, modified a bit to fit our audience and format. Take it away, Ted. Read more
Health equity is achieved when every person has the opportunity to “attain his or her full health potential.” The determinants of health equity are factors in the social environment that contribute or detract from the health of individuals and communities. Read more
In May of 2014, the CDC announced a new round of REACH funding that would be available to communities through an application process. The Racial and Ethnical Approaches to Community Health (REACH) grants asked that organizations demonstrate capacity in pinpointing populations most likely to experience health disparities based on gender, race, sexual identity, ethnicity, age, or geography. Read more
Jennifer Hebert-Beirne uses Community Commons to prepare her graduate students for on-the-ground work in improving health at the neighborhood level. As assistant professor of Community Health Sciences at the University of Illinois Chicago School of Public Health, she knows that promoting health equity is a social justice imperative and that data is a key to evidence-informed approaches. Read more
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) has released the report Time to Act: Investing in the Health of our Children and Communities which highlights recommendations from the RWJF Commission to Build a Healthier America. The commission has one focus: find better methods for improving the health of all Americans. Read more