Leveraging Local Data for Public Health with “SMART Scatter"
11:30am - 12:30pmWednesday, February 13
Orlando - Orange County Convention Center
A domestic violence analysis shows how using multiple data sources for an urban community in Virginia identified previously undiscovered populations at-risk to enable improved public health interventions. Based on risk factor estimates, actionable "heat maps" of high risk geographic areas for a given health issue showed patterns that were previously overlooked. Assessments of critical issues relevant to the health of a population are frequently stymied by siloed data sources at different levels of data aggregation (e.g., state/province, county, census block group, postal code, and household). These differences present challenges to communities looking to integrate multiple data sources for public health surveillance. A new open source tool—Simulated Multivariate Adaptive Regression Technique (SMART) Scatter—enables public health staff to leverage local administrative data and open source data to more accurately develop population health models.