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Social Determinants of Health
Today HealthLandscape is releasing Geospatial Brief #2 “Where are “Hot Spots” of Medicare Spending and Preventable Hospitalizations and “Cold Spots” of Preventive Care.  Brief #2 focuses on using advanced geospatial methods to identify priority areas for preventive care. This blog briefly describes different ways of defining hot spots and cold spots. We argue that it...
Last week we talked about Social Determinants of Health and their integration into primary care practice. This made me reflect on my journey from writing my undergrad research paper on The Effects of Socioeconomic Status on Health as a Health Promotion student to my position now at HealthLandscape. During my time at George Mason University...
HealthLandscape has long recognized the value of Social Determinants of Health – the idea that socioeconomic and demographic characteristics play significant roles in influencing health outcomes. This idea has been gaining traction over the past few years, with organizations such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention releasing new guidelines on Health Outcomes and...
You’ve been hearing a lot about population health, social determinants of health and community vital signs lately from the team here at HealthLandscape.  That’s because we are hearing about it a lot lately from you. We are currently working on a number of projects that help health care researchers and providers access these data.  We...
Looking Inward: How we measure and use Vital Signs ‘Hæmostaticks’ and the History of Blood Pressure In the early years of the 18th century, Stephen Hall began experiments involving horses, brass pipes, and eight foot lengths of glass tubing, that allowed him to measure the force exerted by the horse’s heart with each beat.  These...
How does Place Matter to the health of the public and the health of an individual? I have a catch-phrase answer I use that says simply “Because Everything Happens Somewhere.”  This deceptively simplistic response actually hides a fair amount of complexity.  Where a person lives, where they spend many hours working during a year, and...
Place matters to personal and population health.  The social determinants of health have begun to shape public health and policy interventions and neighborhood socioeconomic and demographic characteristics play significant roles in influencing health outcomes.  The continued realization that place matters has led to the emergence of the field of population health, which includes health determinants,...
How do you measure health promotion activities in your region? What performance indicators show that your health promotion efforts are producing results? We’re curious because one of our partner organizations, The Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati,* has shifted its strategic direction away from access to care and toward health promotion. Now called Interact for Health,...
HealthLandscape‘s interactive visualization of school-based health center (SBHC) performance was recognized as one of the top three web-based GIS applications in Esri’s User Software Applications Fair last week at the 2013 Esri International User Conference in San Diego. The School-Based Health Center Performance Monitor is based on our Site Performance Explorer, a tool we created...
The Facts Matter data portal is an online tool for data sharing in the Greater Cincinnati region. Community representatives and local leaders (such as the United Way of Greater Cincinnati) have determined what indicators best measure the well-being of the region. They use Facts Matter to display these shared measures and community-level outcomes. Improving high...
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