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Mapping Community Needs: Using Visual Analytics Software to Paint a Picture of Community Need

Session Number: 2007
Track: Data Visualization and Reporting
Session Type: Poster
First Author or Discussion Group Leader: Catherine Moore Rains, MPH [Evaluation and Analytics Coordinator - St. Louis Children's Hospital]
Second Author or Discussion Group Leader: Melody Schaeffer [Evaluation and Analytics Coordinator - St. Louis Children's Hospital]
Third Author or Discussion Group Leader: Nicole Kozma [Manager, Healthy Kids in Action - St. Louis Children's Hospital]
Time: Nov 11, 2015 (07:00 PM - 09:00 PM)
Room: Grand Ballroom, Poster 93

Audience Level: Intermediate

Session Abstract: 

An urban pediatric hospital provides community benefit through free medical screening and health education programs. As part of the hospital’s community health needs assessment and subsequent strategic planning, the hospital sought to visualize where services were being provided by hospital outreach compared to agencies with similar services in the area.

Agencies were identified through Internet search engines and referrals from hospital partners. Services were verified via phone call.

Tableau software was used to convert the latitude and longitude of locations of community services provided by the hospital and other agencies to map areas of highest need and pinpoint areas that have a gap in health services alongside median household income and population from United States Census data.

The results identified gaps in services for rural and suburban areas as well as highlighted the uniqueness of hospital outreach programs in the geographic areas they serve.

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