City Health Dashboard: Using Data to Guide Your Jurisdiction's COVID-19 Response

Recorded On: 07/23/2020

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The COVID-19 pandemic has overwhelmed communities across the U.S. As of June 2020, COVID-19 is known to have infected over 2.3 million people in the U.S., resulting in over 120,000 deaths. Coping with COVID has become a local issue, with city and state leaders working to protect and care for those most vulnerable while exploring ways to safely re-open cities.

Policymakers need granular data to guide their response to COVID by identifying patterns in their communities, targeting resources where they are most needed, and advocating for more federal and state funding to manage the virus and its impact. In this webinar, join the City Health Dashboard to hear about their new COVID Local Risk Index, a new measure of COVID risk and severity for cities - and neighborhoods within them-that provides this needed granular data. 

  • Learn about and understand the Dashboard’s COVID Local Risk Index, its components and uses
  • Learn how the COVID Local Risk Index can help identify vulnerable neighborhoods in your city.
  • Explore trends in COVID risk across cities and states
  • Use the Index to capture disparities in COVID risk within cities.

Benjamin Spoer

Manager of Metrics and Analytics, City Health Dashboard Project

Benjamin Spoer, MPH, PHD (rhymes with door) manages the data team at the City Health Dashboard and lead the development of the COVID Local Risk Index. Dr. Spoer received his MPH from Columbia University and PhD from NYU’s College of Global Public Health. He is a spatial epidemiologist who uses geospatial methods and data to explore core public health and social justice issues – health equity, racial/ethnic health disparities, and others—through an explicitly spatial lens. When not mulling maps Dr. Spoer tries to cultivate an emotional relationship with his three extremely reluctant cats. 

Emily Hunt-Hinojosa

Director of Research and Community Impact, Prosper Waco

Emily Hunt-Hinojosa is the Director of Research and Community Impact for Prosper Waco,  a collective impact initiative focused on addressing issues facing the Greater Waco community in the areas of education, health and financial security. She holds a Ph.D. in sociology from Baylor University specializing in community analytics, as well as an M.A. in sociology from Baylor University and a M.A. in higher education and student development from Taylor University. 


07/23/2020 at 1:00 PM (EDT)   |  90 minutes
07/23/2020 at 1:00 PM (EDT)   |  90 minutes
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1.50 ICMA CE credits  |  Certificate available
1.50 ICMA CE credits  |  Certificate available