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Webinar: A Guided Tour of Our Platform

The Big Cities Health Coalition and Drexel University’s Urban Health Collaborative held a webinar on Friday May 17, 2024.  The webinar briefly oriented users to the new climate data on the platform and demonstrated features of the platform.  Click here for a recording of this event.

New findings: Homelessness Soars After Pandemic-Era Safety Net Programs End

In BCHC cities, rates of people experiencing homelessness plummeted when pandemic-era housing safety net programs and policies were in effect but – after those phased out – rates of people experiencing homelessness rose to record levels. Learn more here.

New findings: Stark Racial Disparities in Vaccine Uptake and Flu-related Deaths

Platform data from 2021 showed that only 50% of older aged residents living in the nation’s largest cities received a flu vaccine. Among older aged Black residence, it was only 30%.
Learn more here.

New Data Brief Published on Gun Deaths in Big Cities

In BCHC cities, lives lost to gun deaths rose 65% in the past twelve years, with huge increases during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Gun violence disproportionately claimed the lives of Black people and was highest in cities with higher poverty, unemployment, and racial segregation. Learn more from our blog post, infographic, and data brief.

New Infographic on Drug Overdose Deaths

Our new infographic uses platform data from 2010 to 2021 and shows that in BCHC cities, lives lost to drug overdoses increased more than 3-fold in the past decade and that the largest increases were in the past two years. See our infographic here and our blog post advocating for the expansion of harm reduction programming here

New Video Demo on the "Inequities" and "Compare Cities" Sections

This silent 1 minute video introduces users to a few features on the "Inequities" section and "Compare Cities" section. 

New Data for 2021 Now Available!!

The data platform was recently updated to include available data for all metrics spanning 2010–2021.  Five new metrics were also added: Preterm Births, Colorectal Cancer Deaths, Prostate Cancer Deaths, COVID-19 Vaccination Among Adults, and COVID-19 Vaccination Among Seniors.  Learn More

New Data Brief on Gun Deaths in Big Cities

Using data from our platform, this brief shows that over the past decade, there were nearly 60,000 gun deaths in Big Cities Health Coalition cities. In 2020 alone, across these cities there were approximately 19 gun deaths each day.  Our data brief can be used to inform city health priorities and potential policy actions in reduce gun injuries and death.  View the brief here

New Data Brief on Drug Overdose Deaths in Big Cities

Using data from our platform, this brief shows that drug overdose deaths in Big Cities Health Coalition cities nearly tripled between 2010 and 2020.  By year 2020, approximately 40 fatal overdoses occurred every day in these cities. Our data brief can be used to inform city health priorities and potential policy actions that could reduce harms to health from drug use.  View the brief here

New Data Brief Published on Obesity and City Environment

Using data from our platform, this brief shows that obesity rates vary substantially between Big Cities Health Coalition cities, with adult obesity ranging from 17% to 44% and teen obesity ranging from 8% to 22%. Compared to cities with the highest prevalence of obesity, cities with the lowest prevalence of obesity tended to have built environments that were more supportive of healthier eating and being physically active. This data brief can be used to inform city health priorities and potential policy actions related to obesity.  View the brief here

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