Administrative data generally have detailed geographic information, but limited socioeconomic information. Triangulating administrative data with other data sources such as Census data at the neighborhood level can provide insight into the social determinants of health and community well-being. Neighborhood Tabulation Areas (NTA) are statistical areas created by the NYC Department of City Planning to analyze and project the populations of small areas. Each NTA consists of a number of census tracts that lie strictly within a Public Use Microdata Area (PUMA), which approximately corresponds to a Community District (CD). NTAs represent ideal balance between geographical detail and reliable estimation.
The project is supported by a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Data Across Sectors for Health (DASH) grant, for which the Center for Innovation through Data Intelligence (CIDI) is part of the grantee team.
CIDI convenes a workgroup consisting of representatives from the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), Human Resources Administration, Department for the Aging, and Department of Homeless Services to help determine indicators to be included for this project and contributes to geocoding of data to the NTA-level. A shared information system (with varying levels of data access to project partners) will improve agencies' capacity to plan, monitor, and inform programming for service provision by providing a comprehensive profile of individual communities. The system will also help city agencies determine the potential effects of proposed laws, regulations, projects and programs and make more informed decisions on the best returns from public investment.
A second workgroup consists of representatives from each DOHMH division, CIDI, Department of City Planning, United Hospital Fund and New York Academy of Medicine. This group prioritizes DOHMH health indicators and addresses other project-related issues.