Development of Community Profiles in Missouri
The Missouri EPHT team gathered data from diverse locations, from state and federal resources to private not-for-profit organizations. Utilizing the consistency of EPHT datasets for health and environment data, and standardized data sets for community level information, EPHT created profiles that are consistent from a local to a national level. While the county and city profiles follow the same template, they provide slightly different data due to challenges encountered during creation.
The Missouri EPHT county profiles include health data from the EPHT nationally consistent data and measures (NCDMs), environmental data, and social determinants of health data.
City level profiles provided more of a challenge. City boundaries change over time, and it isn’t always clear where city boundaries are located. The EPHT team talked with city level Local Public Health Agencies (LPHAs) and determined that using zip code boundaries would be best. Gathered data was aggregated to the city level. Most health and social determinants data were available at the zip code level.
Community profiles are extremely useful. They allow end users such as LPHAs to gather a diverse amount of information on their community from one place. Thanks to data handling consistency, profile information can be compared with other jurisdictions. The social determinants section can be used to find correlations with health and/or environmental outcomes.
Learning Areas:Environmental health sciences
Public health or related education
Compare health data, environmental data, and social determinants of health data for counties and cities throughout Missouri. Describe how Missouri residents can gather a diverse amount of information on their community from one place.
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: My career spans 14 years with 11 years being in Environmental Public Health. I am currently working as a Senior Epidemiology Specialist focusing on human exposure to chemicals in the environment. I am currently a member of the Missouri Environmental Public Health Tracking team developing and disseminating community profiles to assist communities and individuals in learning more about their environmental exposures. This has been done with collaboration between other states and environmental entities in Missouri.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
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