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Posted by Allegra East on Dec 13, 2016

Using Data to Inform the Conversation on Environmental Disparities in Indianapolis

hec_final_logo_cmyk-notaglineOn December 8, 2016, The Hoosier Environmental Council (HEC) convened several Indianapolis/Marion County stakeholders for a conversation on environmental disparities in Indianapolis. The Polis Center and the IU Fairbanks School of Public Health collaborated to present data to inform the conversation. Jay Smirat and Dr. Yi Wang with Fairbanks presented their work on the creation of an environmental index and maps to assess neighborhood vulnerability and environmental burden. Sharon Kandris, Director of  Community Informatics at the Polis Center at IUPUI, discussed the intersection of environmental burden and socio-economic indicators for identifying potential environmental justice concerns.

In addition, Dr. Paul Mullins, Professor in Anthropology at IUPUI, presented the history of Indianapolis neighborhoods and industry, and David Hirschl, City of Indianapolis Office of Sustainability, presented the state of the city’s work on environmental justice issues. Indra Frank, MD, MPH,  HEC Environmental Health Director, closed the presentation with policy options for urban environmental justice from other cities for consideration in our local context. The community conversation will continue in February and April 2017.

To view the presentation of SAVI’s socio-economic data, click here. The environmental burden data and other relevant maps via the Multi-Layer Data Community Action Tool (created by IU Fairbanks School of Public Health as part of its Healthy Environment and Community Assessment Partnership) are available at the HECAP website: www.HECAP.net

Established in 1986, the Hoosier Environmental Council is Indiana’s leading educator and advocate for environmental issues and policies, protecting the forests, groundwater, and lakes throughout the state.  Its efforts seek solutions and alternatives to reduce the footprint of industry, commerce and agriculture on the environment.

 

 

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Posted by Allegra East on Aug 23, 2016

Indy Vitals Blog Series – Income, Unemployment, and Health Insurance in Indianapolis

By Tim Bailey, Data Analysis & Visualization Intern

You may be aware that the U.S. has a disproportionately large uninsured population when compared to countries with similar developed economies. While many of these countries have long had nationalized health care services, the U.S. has a deeply ingrained privatized free market system. How to best deal with this gap is certainly a political matter up for debate, but it may be helpful to take a step back and look at health insurance coverage data spatially. The goal of these visualizations is to show what the uninsured population looks like in Indianapolis and to evoke curiosity about what this means and what can be done to change it.

The top map shows the rate of residents without health insurance. Each year shows the average from the 5-year period before (e.g. 2012 would be 2006-2011). The scatterplot shows the relation between median household income, and the rate of residents without health insurance. Color on the scatterplot represents the rate of unemployment.

All of these measures are related. Areas with low incomes and high unemployment have higher rates of people without health insurance. Notice the neighborhood areas with the highest percentage of uninsured people was lower in the 2013 report compared to the 2012 report.

Interested in digging deeper? Visit indyvitals.org to explore trends in uninsured populations, median household incomes, and unemployment rates in Indianapolis neighborhood areas for different demographic groups.

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Posted by Allegra East on Aug 9, 2016

What Type of Businesses are Located in Your Neighborhood? — IndyVitals Blog Series

By Tim Bailey, Data Analysis & Visualization Intern

Have you ever wondered exactly what type of businesses are offered in your neighborhood or an area in which you’d like to live and be close to your job? Interested in food services, hospitality, finance/insurance, healthcare, or retail? This information is readily available with the digital tool IndyVitals. Using the interactive map below, select an Indianapolis neighborhood to see what job sectors show up.

The shaded map represents the percentage of residents employed in their own neighborhood. You may determine the total number of jobs per neighborhood (the bubble and pie charts illustrate the actual number and the percentage of total jobs that each economic sector represents respectively for the chosen neighborhood area and all of Marion County) and you can compare the per capita income of the chosen neighborhood to that of all of Marion County. Did you enjoy this dashboard? Check out indyvitals.org to learn more about your neighborhood!

 

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