Health & Wellness Created

#256 Expanding the Baltimore City Health Dashboard

Under the TECHealth Initiative, Fearless created an open source Baltimore City Health Dashboard prototype (https://github.com/BaltimoreCity/bchd-health-dashboard) that could ingest death data from Baltimore City's Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) and visualize health trends across the City. But there are opportunities to expand this tool to better understand the root causes of health trends across Baltimore. Sources: https://fearless.tech/work/all/case/bchd

Location

Across Baltimore City

Timeline

Jun 27, 2022

Today

Sep 25, 2019

Created

Why it matters

Baltimore is a city of extreme health inequity. The city has a 40% higher mortality rate than the rest of Maryland, and residents of some low-income neighborhoods have life expectancies nearly 20 years lower than those in wealthier areas. To begin to address this, we must first gain a better understanding of the root causes of this problem. Sources: https://health.baltimorecity.gov/state-health-baltimore-winter-2016/state-health-baltimore-white-paper-2017 https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2015/04/30/baltimores-poorest-residents-die-20-years-earlier-than-its-richest/?utm_term=.edea1e51d241

What does "good" look like?

We have a better understanding of the causes of health inequity in Baltimore.

How could technology solve this?

The Baltimore City Health Dashboard could provide the technical foundation needed to cultivate a deep understanding of health trends across Baltimore. To accomplish this, we should expand the tool to ingest not just Baltimore death data, but environmental data as well. By correlating death data with other environmental factors -- such as air and water quality, temperature, density of rodents and pests, house lead levels, access to quality food, medical care, and transportation, etc. -- we could begin targeting resources to the most impacted neighborhoods.