Currently, I am working with Unidos por la Salud (Unidos) to create an Asset Mapping System. Unidos’ mission is to advance the cause of Latino health and form strategic partnerships within the community. Unidos serves all of Colorado, with an emphasis on potentially underserved, rural counties.
The idea of an Asset Mapping System (AMS) is to create a resource for community leaders to turn to when they are looking for health data, resources, facility locations or demographic information.
The available information on the AMS is divided into two main categories; Services, and Data. The services are point datasets of resources local to Colorado, and thus far include Health Clinics, Pharmacies, and Hospitals. The ‘Data’ heading includes information from the latest Census and American Community survey datasets, as well as age-adjusted datasets from the Center for Disease Control.
Current improvements in the works include increasing the depth of the Census data down to the Block level, as well as adding a number of new health datasets. Greatly aiding in this task is the recent discovery of the Health Indicator Warehouse API, which should make adding new datasets a snap.