The Chicago Health Atlas a place where you can view citywide information about health trends and take action near you to improve your own health.
We display large amounts of data from sources like the City of Chicago and local hospitals so you can get big-picture views of health outcomes in Chicago.
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Here’s a look at a neighborhood page showing demographics and other info at a glance:
The Otho S. A. Sprague Memorial Institute is the primary funder of the Chicago Health Atlas project. Additional funds were made available from the Broadband Technology Opportunities Project Public Computer Centers grant.
The Smart Chicago Collaborative is working with the Chicago Department of Public Health and five local hospitals through Chicago Health Information Technology Regional Extension (CHITREC) to visualize statistics related to public health along with anonymized diagnoses, medications, and laboratory tests as provided by local healthcare institutions. The project is funded by the Otho S. A. Sprague Memorial Institute.
Abel Kho and his team at CHITREC have been great leaders in collecting, anonymizing, and delivering the anonymized clinical data used on the site. Abel and a number of his colleagues presented “The Chicago Health Atlas: A Public Resource to Visualize Health Conditions and Resources in Chicago“ at the AMIA 2012 conference at the Conrad Hilton here in Chicago last year.
Roderick (Eric) Jones, MPH, Director of Epidemiology, Epidemiology and Public Health Informatics Program, Chicago Department of Public Health has been instrumental in shepherding CDPH data into the Atlas— explaining the data, advising on presentation, and generally acting as an intermediary between the Web development and health informatics sides of the project. He also presents the project to the health science community at places like the 2013 Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists Annual Meeting.
Jamyia Clark, MPH, Epidemiologist, Epidemiology and Public Health Informatics Program, Chicago Department of Public Health has also been great at helping us work through data normalization and presentation.
We contract with the team at Purple Binder to provide an API into their directory of thousands of health, social service, education, and other locations throughout the city. This is the source of all of the data displayed on our neighborhood resources pages (Archer Heights, for example).
- The Chicago Health Atlas project was presented at the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) National Symposium here in Chicago on November 6
- The project (or more specifically, our zip codes) were featured on the GitHub blog: There’s a map for that. This post led to 175 forks and counting
Jim Alexander is the Executive Director of the Otho S. A. Sprague Memorial Institute. His thinking about health information has been critical to the direction of this project.
Patrice Coleman is Project Coordinator. Her primary role is to work with new data partners to get aggregate health data and point-level health care locations onto the Atlas.