The newly released 2014 County Health Rankings & Roadmaps (CHRR) data is now available for your use on Community Commons. Hundreds of indicators have been updated and six new measures were added. To see this data, visit our Map Data List page and enter County Health Rankings in the search window. Not sure how to use the data to create community change? Read on!
More Than Just A Data Place
Like Community Commons, CHRR sees itself as more than just a data place. “We view the rankings as a starting point,” said Bridget Catlin, Senior Scientist at University of Wisconsin-Madison and Director of the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps program. “It gives communities a snapshot and we want to help people move from data to action.”
Building a Culture of Health
Fact sheets and methodology about the rankings data is readily available on the CHRR site, and so are many stories of community success and a wealth of resources to help organizations take the data and turn it into lasting change. “Maps are a wonderful way to visually explain data, but knowing how to use that data to make change is much trickier,” says Catlin. “Programs come and go. Good public policies and system change are what makes progress.” Resources include:
- Are You Poised for Progress? This downloadable assessment worksheet asks the right questions to help you determine where you are in your journey toward change.
- The Roadmaps Action Center Comprehensive guides for every action step as well as information on the role that each type of stakeholder can play in the process.
- Community Coaches When you need a bit of extra help to get you to the next level, CHRR Community Coaches will set up a consultation for further guidance.
Using the Data
Community Commons tools allow you to use County Health Rankings data to create a visual picture of health assets or disparities in your community.
To create a map with CHRR data, visit the map room and click on Browse by Source.
Move through the drop downs to find the data you want to see.
All County Health Rankings data includes information on how that data was obtained and a Data Assurance Indicator (a filled star) which shows the information was obtained from a reliable secondary source.
From there you can compare neighboring counties on a map setting.
Add other data to explore reasons why one county may have a higher ranking that another, such as a greater prevalence of Housing and Urban Development programs.
Add even more data layers to dig deeper. The location of tribal lands and access to Community Action Centers can give you an even better understanding of your communities assets and potential for change.
When working at the local level, you can zoom into a specific area to get a closer look at what the situation is by region.
Specific attribute data is available when you single click on a location.
Want to do more? We have videos that explain all of the great map tools available for you to use. Simply click on the Map Help button at the top of the map page.
Whether you’re working on large-scale community health change or focusing on one topic and building from there, using data to visually explore assets and disparities is an excellent way to show your stakeholders where you can make the most impact.