“A domestic violence analysis shows how using multiple data sources for an urban community in Virginia identified previously undiscovered populations at-risk to enable improved public health interventions. Based on risk factor estimates, actionable “heat maps” of high risk geographic areas for a given health issue showed patterns that were previously overlooked. Assessments of critical issues relevant to the health of a population are frequently stymied by siloed data sources at different levels of data aggregation (e.g., state/province, county, census block group, postal code, and household). These differences present challenges to communities looking to integrate multiple data sources for public health surveillance. A new open source tool—Simulated Multivariate Adaptive Regression Technique (SMART) Scatter—enables public health staff to leverage local administrative data and open source data to more accurately develop population health models.”

Kevin Gormley, PhD
Dawn Heisey-Grove



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