Over 80 percent of the U.S. population lives in urban areas. The City Health Dashboard responds to increased interest by cities in data on benchmark measures of health, health factors, and equity. Currently most data of this scope has only been available at the county level—posing challenges to urban health improvement efforts, With so much of what influences health and well-being shaped at the municipal level, it was time to support city-level decision making with a standardized, comparative, and actionable dashboard for health.
The City Health Dashboard is being developed to give cities a resource to understand, compare and take action on their most pressing health needs. Created by the Department of Population Health at NYU Langone Health and the Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service at NYU, in partnership with the National Resource Network, the City Health Dashboard launched in early 2017 in four cities.
Placing in the hands of city leaders and community organizations a responsive and highly reliable web interface with regularly refreshed health-related data, the City Health Dashboard is overseen by a team of epidemiologists, population health and urban policy experts, and geographic information system specialists.
The City Health Dashboard is currently available for the four cities involved in the pilot: Flint, Michigan; Kansas City, Kansas; Providence, Rhode Island; and Waco, Texas. Over the next two years, the City Health Dashboard will expand to 500 additional cities, supported by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation—with the ultimate goal of becoming a central health improvement planning resource for U.S. cities with populations of 70,000 or more, or one-third of the population.