CI:Now’s Laura McKieran presented as part of the Resilient Neighborhoods panel at the 2017 Mayor’s Housing Summit. Environmental, economic, and social stressors can all have a negative impact on individuals, families and social networks, and neighborhoods and cities. But data can be used to understand current conditions, historical trends and likely future scenarios, relationships among issues, and demographic and geographic patterns, helping us prevent and mitigate both acute and chronic disasters from flash to floods to persistent intergenerational poverty.
Laura McKieran participated in a panel at the May 2017 National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership meeting on Advancing the Role of Neighborhoods in Health. Her presentation focused on how partners can work with health information exchanges (HIEs) to integrate data on person and place to assess neighborhood and population conditions, target and evaluate interventions, and explore and show relationships between neighborhood well-being and individual well-being.
The United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County has contracted with CI:Now to compile and map a number of indicators of child and family well-being, including EDI kinder-readiness, third-grade reading, family income and poverty, family educational attainment, residential mobility, family violence, child abuse and neglect reports and victims, late or no prenatal care, employment instability, military service, and VIA bus stops and routes. Most of the maps will be static (pdf) thematic maps with overlays, but CI:Now will also build an interactive scatterplot tool to allow United Way to explore relationships among issues by zip code.
On May 9, 2017 CI:Now’s Laura McKieran presented on the new Alamo Regional Data Alliance (ARDA) to the Alamo Area GIS User Group, introducing ARDA’s vision, new community strategy, and ways to get involved.