People living in 7 of the New Jersey’s 9 biggest cities are less healthy in comparison to those residing in the country’s biggest cities, with those in Camden and Newark faring the worst. This is shown by a new online tool.
Developed at NYU School of Medicine by the Department of Population Health, the City Health Dashboard offers information on 36 characteristics associated to health for the 500 biggest cities in the U.S. These include cities with populations of minimum 66,000. Rolled out this week, its objective is to offer helpful information that can inform health and local executives’ decisions. This will allow them to work and to deal with the biggest requirements faced by neighborhoods, cities, and ethnic & racial populations.
The dashboard comprises health issues such as opioid-overdose deaths and obesity as well as income inequality, housing affordability, and other social issues that can affect health. It pulls together information from various sources into a sole website where city residents and leaders can see gaps in opportunity and health. This gives consumers the capability of viewing many of its actions inside a community and as per the gender & race. The dashboard additionally allows consumers to evaluate cities and offer resources for policies & best practices for dealing with health issues.
An evaluation of data for the 9 cities of New Jersey (Clifton, Camden, Jersey City, Elizabeth, Passaic, Newark, Trenton, Paterson, and Union City) unveiled a number of measures on which all fared worse in comparison to people living in 500 biggest cities.
Recently, to maintain the health of people in NJ, the Illinois Senate approved of Tobacco 21. Later, the act was directed to the House Rules Committee where it stays untouched. Most of the people are still waiting for the approval of the act while critics are still opposing for its approval.