Newsletter: October 2022

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Find Neighborhoods Facing Health Disadvantages with the Area Deprivation Index

To help identify neighborhoods that are most health-disadvantaged, we’ve added a new dataset to PolicyMap to help researchers, policymakers, and practitioners guide resources and outreach efforts to the places that need it the most. This information is provided by the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (UWSMPH) Center for Health Disparities Research, who have published the Area Deprivation Index to summarize the socioeconomic conditions that can contribute to poor health outcomes.

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Visualizing Racial and Ethnic Diversity

PolicyMap has updated the Diversity Index and Predominant Race/Ethnicity data to 2020, the latest 5-year ACS time frame. Visualizing racial and ethnic diversity across the nation at various geographic levels is a powerful tool for digging deeper into socioeconomic gaps and trends.

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New Indicators for Housing Needs Assessment

This month the Housing Solutions Lab at the NYU Furman Center rolled out updates to the Housing Needs Assessment Tool (HNAT created in partnership with PolicyMap. The interactive online resource now includes three measures to help policymakers identify and address community housing disparities:

1. Share of Renter Households Moderately or Severely Cost Burdened by Race/Ethnicity

2. Average Neighborhood Poverty Rate by Race/Ethnicity

3. Average Neighborhood Poverty Rate by Federally Subsidized Housing Type

Stay tuned! These indicators will soon be available on PolicyMap for all users.

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Updated Data

The Area Deprivation Index (ADI) from 2020 provided by the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (UWSMPH) Center for Health Disparities Research is now live on PolicyMap and can be used for identifing neighborhoods that are most socioeconomically disadvantaged. The dataset is available to and free for all users under Health > Risk Factors.

Fair Market Rent (FMR) data, established by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) each fiscal year, has been updated to 2023. Indicators in the dataset include the efficiency units and 1 – 4 bedroom units. This data set is available to all users at the county subdivision and zip code geographies.

[FEATURES UPDATE] The legacy version of PolicyMap was sunset on October 31, 2022. Please note, basic user logins are now disabled. If you have questions or need assistance, please contact us.

We are committed to our promise of curated, cleaned, standardized, and always updated data. We’re posting real-time updates on our website and Twitter.
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Welcome New Hires!

This month, we had an exciting addition to our small, but nible team. We are excited to introduce:

Owen McCarthy, Director of Data Analytics
Owen will manage the team that curates, updates, and ensures the quality of data inside PolicyMap. He has nearly 15 years of experience helping organizations of every size make better decisions with data.

Please join us in also welcoming new additions from the past year:

Jazmyne McNeese, Ph.D., Senior Data Services Analyst
Darion Porter, Senior Account Analyst
  Jason Linderman, Data Services Analyst
  Faith Zaki, Director of Digital and Content Marketing
  Aaron Klein, Account Representative
  Learn more about our incredible team here.

We’re Hiring!

PolicyMap is growing.

We currently have openings for a Chief Growth Officer and a Marketing Associate. Learn more & apply.
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Upcoming Events

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APHA’s 2022 Annual Meeting & Expo

November 6-9, 2022
Boston, MA

Excited to share that PolicyMap is presenting at APHA 2022! At the Industry Expert Theater, Betsy Minnich will share how data and maps support public and community health work, health policy solutions, and health equity research. There’s still time to register.

Using Maps And Data To Improve Public Health
with Betsy Minnich, MLS
Monday, November 7 @ 10:20AM
Industry Expert Theater