Philadelphia opens access to public health data

The Philadelphia Department of Public Health has released an interactive data tool for individuals interested in learning and engaging in public health initiatives.

The Community Health Explorer tool offers four datasets allowing users to map 77 health indicators. The datasets are grouped by geography, racial disparity, chronologically and in comparison to other large cities.

PDPH plans to update the datasets this fall, and then every year following.

"Open Data represents a commitment to an accessible and accountable municipal government," said Rebecca Rhynhart, Chief Administrative Officer for the City of Philadelphia. "Taking it a step further by leveraging that data to create resources – like the Community Health Explorer — highlights our efforts to digitally transform city processes and realize our potential to be as effective, efficient and helpful as possible to the residents we serve."

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