Use PolicyMap as a single point of entry to evaluate trends, access benchmarks, and strategically target interventions designed to improve health outcomes. Have access to easy-to-use mapping tools for data on social determinants of health, health outcomes, housing and environmental conditions, and more.
By using exclusive data at the census tract and zip code geographic level, you can gain insights to specific neighborhoods that aren't possible with county-level data alone.
Understand social determinants of health
Improve health outcomes by understanding the socioeconomic conditions and other social determinants of health in the communities in which you work.
Inform your organization with more accurate insights
Use exclusive data at the neighborhood and zip code level to gain insights into communities that aren’t possible with county-level data alone.
Target health equity investments and initiatives
Strategically target investments, programs, and services to address community level health disparities.
Locate partners and community assets
Identify existing community assets such as housing providers, schools, supermarkets, clinics, and others with whom to partner on your initiatives.
License data to feed internal applications
License data from PolicyMap’s extensive data warehouse as a one-stop shop to feed your data lake, inform internal analytics, and enrich patient data with community-level data with an eye on health equity.
Data for Community Health
PolicyMap contains a wide array of community level health data, ranging from incidence of diseases and chronic conditions, to locations of health infrastructure, to key social determinants of health. Valuable data is available at the census tract and zip code level, for neighborhood-level insights.
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PolicyMap's expert data team uses advanced small-area estimate methodology to generate data at the census tract and zip code level, which gives insights into specific neighborhoods that aren't available with county-level data available elsewhere.
Researchers and academics regularly rely on PolicyMap's data for their publications. Here are just a few:
Methods and Tools for Teaching Health Profession Students How to Perform Community Health Needs Assessments (University of New Hampshire, Seton Hall University, Xavier University, Cornell University)
Health Impact Assessment and City Council Policy: Identifying Opportunities to Address Local Social Determinants of Health & Place-Health Relationships, 10 Years Later (Chronicles of Health Impact Assessment)
Addressing Youth-Focused Research Questions in a Community Context: Collecting and Integrating Mixed Methods Data at Multiple Ecological Levels With the PhotoStories Project (Massachusetts General Hospital, Tufts University)
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Social determinants of health are an underlying factor affecting the sustained health of individuals served by Northwell Health. To address these neighborhood-level determinants, Northwell’s Community Health team sought a way to locate and quantify the effects of various determinants on patient health. Using accessible, curated data from PolicyMap, Northwell is developing end-to-end individual and community level social vulnerability risk indices to better inform both providers and patients to improve health in communities in their service area.
New Jersey Health Initiatives (NJHI), a statewide grantmaking program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, supports innovation and drives collaboration across sectors to build healthier communities through grantmaking in the State of New Jersey. To that end, NJHI provided access to PolicyMap to its grantees to better identify and address factors that influence health.
What You Can Do With PolicyMap
Make maps with your data and ours.
Visualize the impact of your organization or the needs of your community with our exclusive data.
Upload your own data.
Use our unlimited self-service data loader to overlay your address-level data on top of PolicyMap's.
Download our data.
Use our data in your own research, mapping and presentation tools.
Gain insights with reports.
Instantly run community profiles for your community or a custom area.
Find areas with overlapping criteria.
Analyze your community with multi-layer maps for hot spots, or to identify gaps.
Community Health Solutions
Create maps of your community with our public edition data and mouse over the map to see values.
Create compelling maps of up to five layers with our exclusive data, export trend charts with key benchmarks, download data, generate on-the-fly reports, and upload your own data.
Seamlessly transform siloed data into centralized access across your organization via instant maps, trend charts, and summary stats.
License tens of thousands of indicators from hundreds of sources through a single vendor. Focus on analyzing, not collecting and updating, data.
Embed a public-facing interactive mapping tool on your own website with your data and our instantly updated indicators.
Consult with our data analysts to create compelling customized maps with your data and ours that are print-ready and shareable.
Blog Posts on Community Health
The ability to assess key quality of care measures across different hospitals can help researchers, policymakers, insurance providers, and even individuals begin to assess trends in health care in a given area. Areas with lower ranked hospitals may be able to use these types of analyses to begin formulating plans to increase their rankings, while higher ranked hospitals can investigate ways to further solidify their rankings and address some of the disparities.
As a nation, we will need to address a long-term shortage of physicians. Mapping current shortages in health professionals can signal which communities will need a greater supply of doctors over the coming decades. Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) data from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is now available.
PolicyMap recently added vaccination data from the CDC to our platform. The data shows the percentage of people vaccinated by state, who received one or two doses, and those fully vaccinated.
A new study shows two tools that help people understand their risk of dying from COVID-19 based on where they live, along with their socioeconomic information and certain health conditions.