How the Opioid Epidemic Hits Different Demographics

Learn how the opioid epidemic is affecting different demographic groups in America

Increasing Visibility for Substance Abuse Programs in West Texas

Learn how Texas’ Prevention Resource Center Region 9 is communicating local data using LiveStories.

Product Update: A New, Improved Data Library

LiveStories is proud to introduce some big improvements to our data library: new charting options and more granular data.

Ask an Epi: Crude Birth Rate

Question: What is crude birth rate

Simply put, crude birth rate is the total number of births in a population divided by the total number of individuals in a population over a given period of time.  

Crude birth rate is helpful when determining the birth rate of a specific population. Comparing crude birth rates between different populations, however, can be misleading. This is because the populations have different characteristics that may distort the results. For example, a location with a high population of people older than child-bearing age would naturally have a much lower birth rate. Comparing this location's birth rate to other locations, without also noting their different demographics, can paint an inaccurate picture.

Below is an example of a crude mortality rate. This chart features LiveStories data, which looks at the total number of people who died from diabetes in a population of 100,000 people. 

Diabetes Crude Mortality Rate (UCD)

Source: Center for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC Wonder

Question: What is the difference between crude birth rate and age-adjusted birth rate?

While crude birth rate reflects the birth rate of a single population, age-adjusted birth rate can be used when making side-by-side comparisons between different populations. This is possible as age-adjusted rates take into account the unique demographic makeup of a given population. 

Below is an example of an age-adjusted mortality rate. This chart features LiveStories data, which looks at the total number of people who died from diabetes in a population of 100,000 people. 

Diabetes Age-Adjusted Mortality Rate (MCD)

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC Wonder

Because Florida has a much older population than Utah, age-adjusting the mortality rate places the state significantly lower in comparisons. The age-adjusted chart also shows a significantly lower diabetes mortality rate overall in recent years than the crude rate chart. This is because diabetes is becoming increasingly concentrated among older Americans—who are weighted less in age-adjusted mortality statistics. 

 

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Sofia Husain is a Customer Success Manager and Epidemiologist at LiveStories. She is an advocate for customers, helping them use LiveStories most effectively by understanding their data analysis and communication needs.

Fighting the Flu with Fresh Data in Springfield-Greene County

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Ask an Epi: Incidence vs. Prevalence

Question: What’s the difference between incidence and prevalence?

That's a great question. It gets at some of the foundations of the field of epidemiology.

Incidence and prevalence are both ways of measuring the frequency and spread of diseases. Depending on the problem you're trying to solve in your community, one measure might be more useful than the other. 

Here are the main differences between the two:

Incidence measures new occurrences of a disease in a population over a period of time. It gives you an indication of the risk of contracting a disease. In order to focus on new occurrences, you start by looking at a population that does not have the disease, and then follow it over time to count the number of people who get the disease.

Prevalence measures existing cases of a disease, or simply put, it tells you how widespread a disease is in a given population. You can look at the prevalence of a disease either at one particular point in time or over a period of time. If you are interested in prevalence over time, your numerator would include both the existing cases at the beginning of your time period as well as any new cases that occur during that time period.

If the problem you’re trying to solve in your community focuses on the cause, prevention, or treatment of a disease, it would be helpful to understand the incidence of the disease because it focuses on the contraction of the disease. On the other hand, if your community is interested in looking at resource allocation for treating a disease, you may find it more useful to look at prevalence. 

The chart below compares incidence and prevalence data from LiveStories most recent Diabetes Report.

Diabetes Incidence and Prevalence
Crude rate per 1,000 adults (18 and older)

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Source: US Diabetes Surveillance System; www.cdc.gov/diabetes/data; Division of Diabetes Translation - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Sofia Husain is a Customer Success Manager and Epidemiologist at LiveStories. She is an advocate for customers, helping them use LiveStories most effectively by understanding their data analysis and communication needs.

Ask an Epi: Morbidity vs. Mortality Rate

Health expert Sofia Husain describes the difference between morbidity and mortality. 

Driving Quality Improvement for Contra Costa County EMS

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Latest LiveStories Update: School Districts in the Data Library

You can now map school districts in the LiveStories data library. Browse and compare districts on enrollment and graduation rates and more.

A Story of Resilience and Restoration in San Francisco’s Boeddeker Park

The Tenderloin, a neighborhood in downtown San Francisco, spans 40 blocks and is home to nearly 35,000 residents, many of whom are low-income and immigrants.

Latest LiveStories Update: Better Data Discovery

See how we’ve made it easier for you to browse the 2,000+ indicators in the LiveStories data library.

Takeaways from Seattle's "A City for All" Hackathon

LiveStories recently attended Seattle's "A City for All" hackathon, which focused on making the city friendlier for senior citizens. Here's what we learned.

Introducing: The Shifting States of America

Each year, millions of “geographically mobile” Americans move from state to state. This LiveStories series takes a closer look at the data. 

Telling the Story Behind Infant Mortality Data in Summit County, Ohio

We speak to Cory Kendrick, Director of Population Health at Summit County, about his work reducing infant mortality. 

Data Story Roundup: July 25 to August 2, 2017

  Read the most interesting stories on statistics, visualizations, and open data we've found each week.  Follow LiveStories on Twitter to see more! 

Read the most interesting stories on statistics, visualizations, and open data we've found each week. Follow LiveStories on Twitter to see more! 

City of Syracuse launches its first open data portal. 

The open data portal will show data on housing and infrastructure and is expected to make a big impact on the community. To explore the open data portal for yourself, visit the site here. 

Bloomberg Harvard program brings together 40 U.S. mayors to discuss city leadership.

Last week, 40 mayors gathered for the inaugural Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative, a collaboration between Harvard University and Bloomberg Philanthropies. The program lasted three days and will be followed up with remote, online sessions. 

Sunlight foundation discusses open data at the White House.

The roundtable, which occurred on June 25, was facilitated by the Center for Open Data Enterprise. As the event was held under the Chatham House Rule, the information discussed there could be shared. Here is the summary published by Sunlight Foundation. 


 

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LiveStories Raises $10 Million in Series A Funding Round

Led by Ignition Partners with participation from True Ventures and Founders Co-Op, the latest round brings LiveStories’ total funding to $13.9 million since the company was founded in 2013.

Telling Health Stories in States Throughout the U.S.

Learn how 100 Million Healthier Lives is using LiveStories to improve public health in communities from New York to Alaska.

Data Story Roundup: July 18 to July 25

Read the most interesting stories on statistics, visualizations, and open data we've found each week. Follow LiveStories on Twitter to see more! 

Our CEO shows how companies can use open data. 

LiveStories CEO Adnan Mahmud was recently featured in this CSO article which considers how companies can use open data to locate cyber security talent.  

NYC Commission on Human Rights uses data to fight housing injustice.

The NYC Commission on Human Rights has partnered with the city's data analytics office to use open data to identify landlords who discriminate based on source of income. Read more at Civicist.  

Harvard's Civic Analytics Network will host webinar.

The webinar, "The Power of Data Visualization in Cities," is scheduled for June 20 from 5pm to 6pm (ET). It will be monitored by Stephen Goldsmith, Director of CAN and the Innovations Program at the Harvard Kennedy School. 

Key takeaways from 2017 NACCHO Conference 

Last week, LiveStories attended the 2017 NACCHO Conference in Pittsburgh. We learned a lot and want to share our insights. Read the details in this post.


 

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Takeaways from the 2017 NACCHO Conference

LiveStories learned a lot from the NACCHO conference in Pittsburgh. Here are some of our takeaways.

Data Story Roundup: July 11 to July 18

Read the most interesting stories on statistics, visualizations, and open data we've found each week. Follow LiveStories on Twitter to see more! 

New York ranks as top U.S. smart city in latest report.

StateScoop reports professional services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) recently released a Cities Readiness Index which gives worldwide rankings of cities that are most ready to embrace emerging technologies. 

Landmark study tracks human physical activity via smartphones. 

Conducted by Stanford researchers, this NIH-funded study used a larger dataset than any previous human movement study, with over 700,000 people in 111 countries. The study was published July 10, 2017, in the advance online edition of Nature.

USA Today reports on the data behind a possible rise in hate crimes. 

USA Today reports on various organizations tracking hate crimes in America, among them the FBI's Uniform Crime Reports featured in LiveStories' report on hate crime statistics


 

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