Data, ideally those that are local and timely, are essential to the practice of public health. Today, more than 80% of Americans live in metropolitan areas. There is a clear need for city-level data to understand and inform a city’s health and ensure that programs are equitable and responsive to a community’s health needs. Local health departments are key innovators and have a high potential for return on investment when it comes to health. Plus, the ability to compare jurisdictions can be invaluable to identify best practices and share learnings across departments. The BCHI provides a baseline of health in urban communities, as well as evidence of policies and practices at work in BCHC member jurisdictions.
The Big Cities Health Inventory data platform was developed and is maintained by the Drexel Urban Health Collaborative at the Dornsife School of Public Health in partnership with the Big Cities Health Coalition.
The Big Cities Health Coalition (BCHC) is a forum for the leaders of America's largest metropolitan health departments to exchange strategies and jointly address issues to promote and protect the health and safety of their residents. Collectively, BCHC member jurisdictions directly impact nearly 62 million people, or one in five Americans.
To explore COVID-19 data in BCHC member cities, visit the COVID-19 Health Inequities in Cities Dashboard.
The mission of the Drexel Urban Health Collaborative (UHC) at the Dornsife School of Public Health is to improve health in cities by increasing scientific knowledge and public awareness of urban health challenges and opportunities, and by identifying and promoting actions and policies that improve population health and reduce health inequities. Through three areas of emphasis, research and data, training, and community and policy engagement, the UHC works to advance knowledge, build capacity, and translate knowledge into community and policy actions to improve urban health in Philadelphia and in cities all over the world.
The Big Cities Health Inventory is supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention through their cooperative agreement (5U38OT000172-03) with the National Association of County and City Health Officials. Big Cities Health Coalition staff time on this work is supported by the de Beaumont Foundation. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of the funders.