Implementing smart strategies to improve community health requires understanding and targeting all of the social determinants affecting it, from economic and educational opportunity to housing and food security. That requires effective use of data, both to figure out precisely what the risks are and to create targeted interventions that will actually work.
That was the key message emerging from “Assessing the Power of Data to Track Community Health,” a webinar hosted by U.S. News & World Report as part of the virtual Community Health Leadership Forum that began last week. A panel of experts demonstrated the potential of data to identify risks in a given community – around food and housing, for example – and to point the way to effective responses.
Using data to drive decisions allows us to “invest thoughtfully – in the right places, in the right ways – to make real impact for people,” said Trenor