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Data Across Sectors for Health is now available on WPRDC

 


The Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) announced that 22 datasets on health determinants and nine datasets related to insurance have been added to the Western Pennsylvania Regional Data Center (WPRDC).

The data was collected through a Data Across Sectors for Health (DASH) grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation awarded to ACHD which focused on cardiovascular health.

Four categories of datasets – Built Environmental, Natural Environment, Social and Health Outcomes – have been prepared for the site. Data on health care facilities, housing conditions, illegal dump site locations, tobacco vendor locations, air quality, greenway locations, obesity and smoking rates, walk scores, environmental justice areas, median age at death, obesity, smoking, diabetes and hypertension rates are all part of the datasets.

“We are excited to provide this level of data to the public on a wide variety of areas,” said Dr. Karen Hacker, Director of ACHD. “Ultimately, it will be incorporated into the community profiles to allow individuals communities a better understanding of the issues each municipality faces. We appreciate all our partners who contributed to the effort.”

This is the first time that de-identified insurance data will be available to the public and will be provided geographically at the census tract level. The information from medical claims provides insight into the health of county residents related to specific medical conditions including hypertension, diabetes, depression, anxiety and more. It represents approximately 60 percent of the insured population in Allegheny County.

The DASH project is part of a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation national initiative aimed at developing, implementing and evaluating multi-sector data sharing projects on a range of public health issues.

The multi-sector data is the product of a broad partnership which includes the county (ACHD, Human Services, Economic Development and CountyStats) as well as UPMC Health Plan, Jewish Healthcare Foundation, Carnegie Mellon Traffic21 Institute, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, RAND Corporation, Gateway Health Plan Inc., Highmark Health, University of Pittsburgh Center for Social and Urban Research and the American Heart Association.

The data is available at http://www.wprdc.org. The website is a collaboration between the University of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County and the City of Pittsburgh. To learn more about how the DASH project is aiming to improve cardiovascular disease in the county, an accompanying data guide is also available on the WPRDC site which contains information about the analysis and modeling being done.

 

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