More than 80 percent of U.S. residents live in urban areas but until now city and neighborhood level health related data has been hard to find. Last week, NYU Langone Health, an academic medical center located in New York City, unveiled the City Health Dashboard. The dashboard provides key data on 36 health metrics for America’s 500 largest cities – those with populations of about 66,000 or more. The project is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and its goal is to provide city leaders with a range of routinely updated data to inform health-related decision-making.
The 36 metrics are grouped in five categories which align with those used in the County Health Rankings and Roadmaps. These include: 1) social and economic factors, 2) physical environment, 3) health behavior, 4) health outcomes, and 5) clinical care. The site provides detailed information about each metric including a description, data source, years of data, how the measure is calculated and more. The data can be used to compare one city to the average across the 500 cities, or to compare specific cities.