New online tool provides health snapshot of all 435 US congressional districts

The Congressional District Health Dashboard could inform policymaker action to end widening disparities in premature death, mental health, childhood poverty, broadband access and more.

New York, January 25, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Today, researchers at NYU Grossman School of Medicine, in partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), unveiled District Health Dashboard of Congress (CDHD), a new online tool that provides critical health data for all 435 congressional districts and District of Columbia, The dashboard includes 36 key measures of health, such as deaths from heart disease and breast cancer, as well as conditions affecting health, such as housing affordability and access to nutritious foods. Until now, much of this data was not available at the congressional district level, nor were they compiled in one place or readily available to the public.

Data from the Congressional District Health Dashboard shows geographic, and racial and ethnic differences in health and well-being across congressional districts United States, For example, people living in congressional districts in 11 states that have not expanded Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act are twice as likely to die as in states with expanded Medicaid coverage. In fact, residents of congressional districts Arkansas, Louisiana, oklahomaAnd Texas On average, New England is about 3.5 times more likely to be uninsured than its congressional districts. On average, Hispanic residents have the highest uninsured rates in most congressional districts across the country.

“The Congressional District Health Dashboard will help address a critical need for timely, rigorous and actionable data that can inform evidence-based policymaking,” says mark n gourevitch, MD, MPH, chair of the Department of Population Health at NYU Langone Health and lead architect of the initiative. “Now, policymakers, advocates, and others can drill down into their specific congressional districts to identify the opportunities and challenges that affect the health and well-being of all those in need, regardless of income, race, or zip code. “

The Congressional District Health Dashboard enables users to:

  • Explore rigorous, nonpartisan data on health, education, poverty, and more by congressional district, and compare these findings to state and national averages;
  • Compare rates of select metrics among different racial and ethnic groups within districts;
  • View a snapshot of any congressional district with district-specific population facts such as age and racial/ethnic makeup, with all 36 measurements compared to the national average.

CDHD’s analysis of congressional district data also reveals:

  • Among congressional districts, there is large variation in many health outcomes, including those reporting mental distress, ranging from 9 to 21 percent by district.
  • The rent burden is lowest in rural districts at 37 per cent, and highest in districts in coastal areas (CaliforniaNorth East and Florida) and urban congressional districts typically at 50 percent.
  • Across the United States, death from heart disease is lower in suburban districts at 194 deaths per 100,000, compared to 215 and 225 deaths per 100,000 in urban and rural districts, respectively.
  • Child poverty is about 14 percent lower in suburban districts, and 19 percent higher in urban and rural districts.
  • Broadband penetration is significantly lower in rural southern districts, where only 40 to 50 percent of households have high-speed internet, compared to 80 to 90 percent in urban districts with strong broadband access.
  • Racial and ethnic disparities in low birth weight are seen across districts, with particularly low disparities Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, North CarolinaAnd South Carolina, In more than three-quarters of these state districts, black newborns are almost twice as likely (as among other racial/ethnic groups) to be of low birth weight than white babies, all inclusive. of South Carolina district and five of Louisiana six districts.

“This dashboard could be a game-changer for health policy United States, By using local data, Members of Congress and their staffs can make more informed decisions about policies that affect people’s health, communities and workplaces.” Giridhar Mallya, MD, MSHP, Senior Policy Officer at RWJF. “Our health should not be determined by our congressional district, but these data clearly show how far we have to go to address persistent disparities across the country. All people, regardless of who they are or where they live United States Deserve the opportunity to flourish.”

Overseen and regularly updated by a team of population health and policy experts, epidemiologists, and geospatial experts, the Congressional District Health Dashboard website displays measures and drivers of health through interactive maps, tables, and charts . Data are drawn from federal sources and other datasets that adhere to rigorous standards of data collection and analysis, including those from the US Census Bureau, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Environmental Protection Agency.

About the Congressional District Health Dashboard

The first tool of its kind, the Congressional District Health Dashboard equips congressional staffers, federal and state advocates, journalists, researchers and others with the health and conditions that affect health in every congressional district across the country, Fuels components. and efforts by policy makers to take action and bring about change. Builds on the foundation of CDHD, with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation City Health Dashboard And Congress responds to requests for additional unbiased health and wellness data at the district level.

About the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) is committed to improving health and health equity United States, In partnership with others, we are working to develop a culture of health rooted in equity that provides fair and just opportunities to every person, regardless of who they are, where they live, or how much money they have. visit for more information www.rwjf.org,

About NYU Langone’s Department of Population Health

The Department of Population Health at NYU Langone Health unites the fields of medicine and public health to improve the health of populations New York City and around the world, and to educate students to become leaders in healthcare delivery, health policy, and public health. Partnering with colleagues in a variety of public, private and community organizations, the department conducts basic and applied research to enhance the quality and effectiveness of health care and to advance community-level initiatives to improve health and health equity. Trained in diverse disciplines, the department’s more than 130 core faculty and 400 dedicated staff specialize in research areas including: health care delivery science, health economics and policy, epidemiology, biostatistics, medical ethics, childhood development, community health and health equity, decision science, and prevention and treatment of tobacco, alcohol, and drug use. visit us at med.nyu.edu/pophealth,

for more information contact:

Mona Elkalban: 703-589-4305 [email protected]

sAsha Walleck: 646-501-3873, [email protected]

Melissa Blair: 609-627-5937, [email protected]

SOURCE NYU Grossman School of Medicine and NYU Langone Health

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