The Urban+Health Initiative is committed to aiding public health research, practice, and education by providing professionals and students with useful guides and tools. We essentially hope to streamline the process of finding helpful information. Resources range from a guide to repositories of evidence based public health interventions, to NYC health data sources, to information about urban health degree, dual degree, and other academic programs.
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Guide to Evidence Repositories
Investments in public space are key to improving the health of communities, particularly in urban areas where environmental and social health risks are numerous. Several institutions have already begun the task of determining which investments are scientifically supported and thus more likely to produce a public health benefit. We have created a guide to these publically accessible evidence repositories, illustrating how to navigate the information contained about health risk factors, behaviors, or outcomes, and related public space investments.
From the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, EpiQuery contains interactive health data on NYC’s five boroughs. Datasets include neighborhood level health surveys, disease surveillance, population censuses, and birth and mortality statistics. This system is very user friendly and contains a lot of useful information on a variety of health outcomes and indicators for NYC residents and communities.
Columbia Population Research Center: Urbanism
The Columbia Population Research Center (CPRC)’s urbanism research area centers on how urban physical and social environments impact economic and health vulnerabilities and disparities. The work from the CPRC Urbanism group integrates research from several Columbia schools, including the Mailman School of Public Health, the School of Arts and Sciences, and the School of Social Work. One key feature of the group is its emphasis on community partnership and policy promotion in order to create healthier and safer urban communities.
The CPRC website is chock full of data and analyses, from a variety of sources, on several characteristics of New York City neighborhoods, including but not limited to communicable disease, community health, crime statistics, business establishments, environmental data, and education/school information.