City-level measures of health, health determinants, and equity to foster population health improvement: The City health dashboard

Marc N. Gourevitch, Jessica K. Athens, Shoshanna E. Levine, Neil Kleiman, Lorna E. Thorpe

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


Objectives: To support efforts to improve urban population health, we created a City Health Dashboard with area-specific data on health status, determinants of health, and equity at city and subcity (census tract) levels. Methods: We developed a Web-based resource that includes 37 metrics across 5 domains: social and economic factors, physical environment, health behaviors, health outcomes, and clinical care. For the largest 500UScities, the Dashboard presents metrics calculated to the city level and, where possible, subcity level from multiple data sources, including national health surveys, vital statistics, federal administrative data, and state education data sets. Results: Iterative input from city partners shaped Dashboard development, ensuring that measures can be compared across user-selected cities and linked to evidence-based policies to spur action. Reports from early deployment indicate that the Dashboard fills an important need for city- and subcity-level data, fostering more granular understanding of health and its drivers and supporting associated priority-setting. Conclusions: By providing accessible city-level data on health and its determinants, the City Health Dashboard complements local surveillance efforts and supports urban population health improvement on a national scale.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)585-592
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican journal of public health
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2019


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

Cite this