Health Department launches online neighborhood health indicator tool

The Health Department recently launched an online tool that provides information about the physical, social and economic conditions of community health in Minneapolis. The information in the new Healthy Communities Assessment Tool can be used to help City staff and leaders with strategic planning, policy development, civic engagement and performance monitoring with data on more than 40 indicators available by Minneapolis neighborhood. Each indicator measures a social, economic or environmental characteristic of or condition in a neighborhood that influences health or is broadly representative of the health of the population. Users can examine how individual neighborhoods perform on each indicator as well as compare neighborhoods.

The Healthy Communities Assessment Tool was developed as part of a three-year pilot project called Healthy Communities Transformation Initiative. The Minneapolis Health Department is leading the pilot in Minneapolis. The project helps fill a growing need for health-focused, comprehensive and nationally relevant community indicators. Minneapolis is one of four pilot cities in the United States selected by Healthy Housing Solutions Inc. and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to participate in this pilot project.

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Published Feb 24, 2015

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