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New Veterans Demographics & Data Visualization Hub at State, County, and City Levels from LiveStories

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https://www.livestories.com/statistics/veterans

Nine Tips for Writing Like a Pro

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Join LiveStories at IEDC in Indianapolis from Oct 13 - 16,2019

Join LiveStories at IEDC in Indianapolis from Oct 13 - 16,2019

Join us at the always exciting International Economic Development Council Annual Conference in Indianapolis this week (Oct 13 - 16). We’ll have plenty of swag and exciting content to share with you about how LiveStories helps economic development organizations across the United States communicate their data more efficiently, build the narrative around their data, streamline reporting, and increase economic opportunities.

LiveStories Launches Immigration and Citizenship Interactive Data Hub

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LiveStories launched an interactive data hub for policymakers, citizens, and everyone in between to explore statistics on immigration and citizenship for every state, county, and city in the United States.

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Combating the Opioid Crisis: The U.S. Health and Human Services Department Announces a New Round of Funding

On September 4th, 2019, the U.S. Health and Human Services Department announced a new round of funding to combat the growing opioid epidemic facing the United States at approximately $1.8 billion.

Where is that money being allocated you ask? Nearly $900 million is going to local agencies to increase their understanding of the opioid overdoses that are occurring in their communities. This effort is in partnership with Center’s for Disease Control (CDC) who is urgently trying to collect better data surrounding opioid use and misuse.

Their goal: track overdose data as close to real time as possible to help develop a better understanding of where these overdoses are taking place in order to save more lives.

View Opioid Statistics at state and county levels.


Deathly Data

In 2017 there were over 47,000 opioid related deaths recorded across the United States. This deadly outcome does not discriminate against any race, sex, or age group. Over 16,000 people who identify as white were killed. Over 15,000 women lost their lives to opioid overdoses and that was only half the number experienced by their male counterparts. Finally, in the last eighteen years, opioid abuse has most largely increased in the 25-34 age group, from 4.1 deaths in 1999 to 29.1 deaths (per 100,000 people) in 2017.


This stark increased number of deaths over the years has finally drawn the attention of the federal government. This funding has a huge potential to launch more local agencies into the future with better data communication programs. Many of our customers are already improving their processes to incorporate opioid dashboards where they can monitor the problem with data being updated monthly, weekly or even nightly.

LiveStories Opioid Reports

Cooperation and data sharing at every level of local government is critical to combatting the epidemic our nation faces, and this new round of funding could be just what local authorities need to really make a difference in their communities. According to the CDC and SAMHSA there is over $300 million dollars being sent to 47 agencies across the U.S. to specifically address data improvement process that could return better outcomes for their communities.

Below you can filter the chart by state to see how much is going to any state receiving funding. The number below represents the average amount of money being dolled out.


About the Data

The data in this article was queried from CDC Wonder, based on the following parameters:

UCD codes: F11.0, X40-X44, X60-X64, X85, Y10-Y14

MCD codes: T40.0-T40.4, T40.6

Client Story: Albany County, New York and the Opioid Crisis

Client Story: Albany County, New York and the Opioid Crisis

This interactive report & website explores how the opioid crisis is affecting Albany County, New York through demographic data around age, education, and race & ethnicity.

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Gun Violence Statistics for Massachusetts

Gun Violence Statistics for Massachusetts

In the wake of recent shootings (including El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio), gun violence data in the United States has been in the forefront of the news cycles. This most recent data from the CDC reveals specific levels of firearm-related homicides and suicides in Massachusetts.

Gun Violence Statistics for Every State & County

Gun Violence Statistics for Every State & County

In the wake of recent shootings (including El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio), gun violence data in the United States has been in the forefront of the news cycles. This most recent data from the CDC reveals specific levels of firearm-related homicides and suicides by every county in the United States.

National Immunization Awareness Month

National Immunization Awareness Month

August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM), established to help highlight the importance of immunizing people of all ages.

Healthcare Professionals:

Every August healthcare professionals strive to highlight the efforts of health agencies to protect patients of all ages against vaccine-preventable diseases through on-time vaccination.

LiveStories encourages you to ensure your patients are up to date and educated about how these diseases are effecting your community—in real time. Research has consistently shown that healthcare professionals are the most trusted source of health information for both parents and patients.

Need a flu report for you community?

Citizens Looking For Data:

As your children head back to school this fall, make sure vaccination is at the top of your checklist. August is also a key time to make sure you are up to date on all the vaccines you need to stay healthy.

Throughout the month of August we will be sharing information and resources on social media to highlight the importance of vaccines. Help us spread the word! Follow the conversation on #ivax2protect to share why you choose to vaccinate. 

Visit LiveStatistics for data about your local community.

Healthy Mason County: Bringing Accessible Data to Local Public Health

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LiveStories Powers Interactive Portal to Explore Well-Being in the Nation (WIN) Measurement Framework

Seattle, WA — June 3, 2019 — Today, LiveStories launched an interactive web portal to explore the Well-Being in the Nation (WIN) Measurement Framework for every city, county, and state in America.

 The Well-Being in the Nation (WIN) Measurement Framework: Measures for Improving Health, Well-Being, and Equity Across Sectors was also released today by 100 Million Healthier Lives, convened by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI).

 This web portal (www.winmeasures.org) provides easy access to all the leading indicators at any geographic scale. It organizes data from multiple sources into a single repository of intuitive charts and maps, saving users from hours of work. 

 "The idea of Well-Being In the Nation is to put a few key measures, drawn from across sectors, at people's fingertips so they can see the whole picture of how they're doing as a community. It has especially been important to us that the data feel accessible to anyone--from community residents to policymakers--because you need both to achieve well-being and equity in a community.  It has truly been a pleasure to work with LiveStories to make that possible," says Somava Saha, MD, MS, Vice President, IHI, and Executive Lead for the 100 Million Healthier Lives initiative. 

“We applaud the great work done by the community to come up with the WIN Measurement Framework,” said Adnan Mahmud, CEO, LiveStories. “At LiveStories, we are committed to building data experiences that move the needle on how communities live, learn, work, and play. We feel a great sense of pride in working with such a dedicated group of people to bring the WIN Measurement Framework to life and accessible to all types of users.”

 The WIN measures can be used by anyone — from a federal agency to a health care organization to a community coalition to a media company — to guide policy, compare results across initiatives, and drive improvement. In addition to high school graduation rates, measures like child poverty rates, community walkability, and how people feel about their own lives and their future all turn out to be important in creating health and well-being over the course of their lives.  

To bring the WIN measures to life, LiveStories collected data from multiple sources, cleaned the data, and synthesized the raw data into metrics. The portal was created to catalyze wide-scale adoption and exposure for these indicators. In the portal, the indicators are organized by topics and location. For a given topic, users can easily navigate to the specific location – state, county, city – and get detail indicator values for that location. The whole experience is optimized for the non-technical user.

 More about this release from 100 Million Healthier Lives available here.

 

About 100 Million Healthier Lives

100 Million Healthier Lives, convened by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, is an unprecedented collaboration of change agents across sectors who are creating hope and proof that real change is possible in the lives of real people and places who need it the most.  Together, they are fundamentally changing the way the world thinks and acts to create health, well-being and equity.

 

About the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI)

The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) is an independent not-for-profit organization based in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. For more than 25 years, IHI has used improvement science to advance and sustain better outcomes in health and health systems across the world. IHI brings awareness of safety and quality to millions, catalyzes learning and the systematic improvement of care, develops solutions to previously intractable challenges, and mobilizes health systems, communities, regions, and nations to reduce harm and deaths. IHI collaborates with a growing community to spark bold, inventive ways to improve the health of individuals and populations. IHI generates optimism, harvests fresh ideas, and supports anyone, anywhere who wants to profoundly change health and health care for the better. Learn more at ihi.org.

 

About LiveStories

LiveStories builds and maintains large scale data reports, dashboards, and portals for governments and organizations. LiveStories makes it easy for any organization to turn their data into actionable insights, without deploying complicated tools or hiring expensive teams. Based in Seattle, LiveStories has partnered with dozens of organizations and government departments in the United States and around the world. Find out more about LiveStories at www.livestories.com

 

 

PRESS CONTACT: 

Andrew Baldwin
andrew.baldwin@livestories.com
800.819.9785 x1

 

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