New: Two national grants to empower residents with local-level data and video storytelling

We are pleased to announce that DataHaven has been selected by the Urban Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation as one of ten Visualizing and Powering Healthy Lives sites. Together, DataHaven, New Haven-based production company Purple States, North Hartford Triple Aim Collaborative, New Haven Health Department, Valley Community Foundation, Naugatuck Valley Health District, and other agencies will use a one-year, $141,926 grant to leverage local life expectancy data to explore how communities can ensure that everyone has a fair and just opportunity for a long life. The project will integrate community organizing with data analysis and resident-driven storytelling to advocate for investment in strategies that community knowledge and data suggest will reduce health inequities. The project builds upon DataHaven's ongoing work with over 100 public and private partners throughout Connecticut.

In addition to the Powering Healthy Lives award, DataHaven was recently selected for a separate national grant to further expand community engagement, including translation of content into multiple languages. Stay tuned for more details!

Abraham recognized as leader in public health by the de Beaumont Foundation

Mark Abraham, DataHaven's Executive Director since 2009, was recently recognized by the de Beaumont Foundation as one of 40 rising stars in public health. Winners were chosen by a national panel of judges for their creative problem-solving in communities across the country. Learn more on our website.

Recent front-page news articles featuring DataHaven

Excerpt from the Connecticut Mirror:

  • "According to an analysis of the 2013-17 U.S. Census American Community Survey by the New Haven-based nonprofit analytics firm DataHaven, the 10 poorest census tracts in the state are in Hartford (4) Bridgeport and Waterbury (2 each) New Haven and Meriden (1 each). In 2017, the average family income in these areas was $29,000."
  • "The 10 wealthiest tracts can be found in Greenwich (5), New Canaan (3) and Darien (2), The average family income in these gilded swaths is $490,000, 17 times that of their neighbors in the bottom 10. That ratio has almost doubled since 1980, when family incomes in the wealthy tracts were a mere nine times higher than those in the poorer areas."

Excerpt from the Stamford Advocate:

Excerpt from the Connecticut Health Investigative Team's feature article in the CT Mirror and other papers:

  • "A C-HIT analysis of the results from the recent DataHaven Community Wellbeing Survey found that residents in a number of midsize, blue-collar cities reported lower health ratings than residents of the state’s largest cities. The results are likely influenced by economic status, upending the long-held belief that urban centers, with concentrations of poverty, have the lowest health ratings. DataHaven, a New Haven-based nonprofit, received 16,000 responses statewide."

Stay tuned to our website and social media pages as we release several new reports, including the Greater Hartford, Greater New Haven, and Fairfield County Community Wellbeing Index!

Want more of our data resources and news items? Visit our blog at ctdatahaven.org/blog for a full listing of recent articles and newsletters.

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