Where we live has a profound impact on how long and how well we live.
Data can illuminate where some people and places are cut off from nutritious food, good schools, stable and affordable homes—and other conditions that shape health.
RWJF supports multiple efforts to provide community leaders and residents with local health data, as well as data about the drivers of health at the state, county, city and census tract levels. These data resources allow communities to uncover health challenges, better target resources, and measure progress toward ensuring that everyone has a fair and just opportunity to achieve good health.
The COVID-19 pandemic revealed serious gaps in our health data systems. We must modernize these systems putting equity at their core, so that public health crises do not harm some people more than others because of their race or ethnicity, what they earn, and where they live. We work with our partners to address systems-level challenges, including how data are collected, shared, and broken down by age, race, ethnicity, gender, disability, neighborhood, and other factors. When used properly, data can help us identify and address barriers that perpetuate structural racism in America.