Welcome back to part two of our data storytelling series! If you missed the first post, you can read it here.
80% of what makes us healthy or unhealthy happens outside of the doctor’s office and in our neighborhoods and greater enviornment. COVID-19 placed a spotlight on health inequities and the critical role Community Health Workers play in helping members navigate numerous systems of care throughout the pandemic.
That's why Blue Shield of California and mySidewalk collaborated to launch a new data storytelling tool designed for Community Health Workers called the80. We developed this tool together to help Community Health Workers and Community Health Advocates (CHAs) use data to help patients, providers, and community-based organizations. It gives what health care professionals call “social determinants of health” data — chronic disease, income and other stats — giving those providing care and resources to those at risk the whole story.
The purposethe80 equips CHAs with the data they need to align community and individual needs with available resources in action planning and advocacy. With this online tool, CHAs can access community-focused data stories on housing, transportation, food systems, educational opportunities, and community context. This enables anyone to make the connection between community-centered data and chronic illness in seconds, and to advocate for new programs, services and policies that address true health inequities.
How it works
Healthy, thriving communities start with great data. That's why we’ve built the world’s most comprehensive community data library to power our tools, with over 2.2 billion data points formatted for purpose, organized, and ready to use—all in one place.
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