Guest Blog: Map NH Health Brings the State's Health Future into Focus

The NH Public Health Association is pleased to feature this guest blog entry from Callie Carr, MPH, Project Director at the University of New Hampshire's Insitute for Health Policy and Practice.

MapNH Health LogoWhat will the state of New Hampshire's health look like over the next two decades? What will the challenges be in meeting the health care needs of our residents? A new website (www.MapNHHealth.org) provides a novel way to examine what the state’s people and their health could look like in 2020 and 2030.  MapNH Health is targeted to community and business leaders, policy makers and engaged consumers in the state, and is designed to inform both public policy and community conversations about how New Hampshire can best prepare for the future health and health care needs of the sta
te's residents.

The MapNH Health project was developed by the NH Citizens Health Initiative (NH CHI) and the Institute for Health Policy and Practice (IHPP) at the University of New Hampshire.

The user-friendly website provides information mapped geographically by County and Healthcare Service Area and allows users to view projections of demographics, health behaviors and health outcomes.  The ultimate goal is to engage stakeholders in community conversations that will examine what might happen, given the data, in order to formulate plans and public policy that will address New Hampshire's future health needs.

The interactive website was built through collaboration between University of New Hampshire’s Web and Mobile Development and the Applied Population Laboratory at the University of Wisconsin, utilizing data modeling and projections performed by the Applied Population Laboratory’s health geographer and demographer. Projections are based on current New Hampshire health indicators and population projections for 2020 and 2030.

"MapNH Health provides a lens through which we can look at New Hampshire's health care  landscape across three points in time: 2010, 2020 and 2030,” said Jeanne Ryer, Director of NH CHI.  “By understanding how our population, health behaviors, outcomes, and our access to health care will change over time, we can start to talk about how to meet New Hampshire's future health and health care needs."
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