NMCDC Develops and shares neighborhood data with local organizations that promote community assessment, child health and participatory decision making.
The interactive functions of ArcGIS Online facilitate group exploration of health and education issues. The purpose of these data is to inform evidence-based decision making in New Mexico to plan and improve health and education service delivery, evaluate interventions and systems, and inform policy decisions.
The New Mexico Community Data Collaborative (NMCDC) is a network of public health advocates and analysts from over a dozen state agencies and non-government organizations who believe in the value of community health assessment. Community Health Assessment is the intersection of public health surveillance and community organizing. Providing a broad array of data at the neighborhood level empowers communities to make a difference in their collective health. NMCDC has been supported by the New Mexico Early Learning Advisory Council, the New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department, the Department of Health and the NM Health Equity Partnership. NMCDC serves as a pilot dynamic mapping extension for NM Department of Health’s central state data warehouse – the NM Indicator Based Information System (NM IBIS). The project grew out tremendous demand for sub-county level data from both public agencies and community advocates. NMCDC’s principal project is the data warehouse and interactive website at ArcGIS Online where analysts and advocates share datasets from multiple sources. The website runs on ESRI’s ArcGIS Online commercial cloud service which allows for data storage and interactive map making and exploration. The site currently features over four dozen maps, apps and galleries, with over 1000 different indicators and 150 feature services. NMCDC maps are viewed by 100 visitors per day. The maps are being used to facilitate group discussions, participatory data exploration and collaborative decision making. Users are incorporating the data and the maps into community health council assessments, grant proposals, public health program planning and management, efficient targeting of resources, health impact assessments and policy debates.