City Health Dashboard

Developing a resource to make health-related data available to local government decision makers.


ICMA is a member of a team headed by New York University (NYU) to develop a City Health Dashboard under a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The dashboard is a web-based resource to place city- and neighborhood-level data for 26 identified health-related metrics into the hands of municipal policy makers and communities.

The goal of the project is to spur action toward urban population health improvement. ICMA’s role is two-fold: (1) to help bring the local government perspective to the Dashboard and (2) to represent the perspective of the National Resource Network, of which ICMA is a member. The overall goal of ICMA’s involvement is to develop a Dashboard that is designed in the most efficient and user-friendly way possible.

A pilot version of the Dashboard was developed in collaboration with four cities (Flint, Michigan; Kansas City, Kansas; Providence, Rhode Island; and Waco, Texas) and went live in early 2017. The project team is scaling this resource with the goal of providing a central health improvement planning tool for all 500 U.S. cities with populations of 70,000 or more. The grant continues through May 2019, and the work plan calls for the enhanced version to be available by mid-2018.  

By presenting data needed to understand population health status and its actionable determinants at the city level and allowing for ready cross-city comparisons, the project aims to support city leaders and community stakeholders in driving improvements in urban health and well-being.

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