New Metrics added to the Big Cities Health Inventory Data Platform
March 7, 2022
In partnership with the Big Cities Health Coalition (BCHC), the Drexel Urban Health Collaborative (UHC) has launched the Big Cities Health Inventory data platform that includes more than 100,000 data points for over 100 metrics of public health importance to BCHC member cities across the nation. Recently, new metrics were added to the platform on homelessness and flu vaccinations.
City metrics on homelessness include the percent of unhoused persons who are non-white, percent of unhoused persons who are children, and the ratio of unhoused persons per 100 vacant rental housing units. Data come from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Continuum of Care Homeless Populations and Subpopulations Reports. View pre-populated charts on the platform for most BCHC member cities.
A flu vaccination metric is also now available on the platform. The metric looks at the percent of fee-for-service Medicare enrollees who had a flu vaccine (Medicare enrollees are predominantly aged 65+). Data come from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The new data can be used for comparisons, view pre-populated charts on the platform for all BCHC cities and visualized for a subset of cities by year and by race.
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The Big Cities Health Inventory data platform is primarily funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention through a cooperative agreement with the National Association of County and City Health Officials. The views expressed on the data platform do not necessarily represent the views of the funders.