Data-driven decision-making is nothing new to those in health care. Life and death decisions are made every day based on patient data. However, as health care moves beyond the hospital walls and into the community, understanding the dynamic environment in which their patients reside is critical to reducing costs and improved patient outcomes.
Within the last five years, partnerships between community development and health organizations have grown from one-off local experiments to a full-blown national movement.
Overcoming the challenges to linking the health return on investment to community development.
How do you know if you are building a healthier place?
Holistic redevelopment to bring lasting change to a distressed neighborhood
The 100 Million Healthier Lives Adult Well-Being Assessment is a seven-item questionnaire to measure well-being in four domains: physical health, mental health, social well-being, and spiritual-well being. The assessment tool was created by the 100 Million Healthier Lives Metrics Development team using previously validated items and input from over 30 leading experts from a variety of public, private, and academic institutions.
The Network’s Common Indicators Project provides a much-needed baseline of domains and indicators used within and across various sector measurement strategies, an excellent starting place for dialogue around collaboration and development of a complementary framework.
Through the integration of health data and evidence from sectors like housing and education, local residents and leaders have the ability to better detect problems, test interventions, and ultimately transform environments to improve health.
We know that the built environment has a profound impact on health and well-being. Fortunately, the number of available tools to intentionally promote health through building and community design continue to increase.