The Brooklyn Hospital Center is pleased to present the Brooklyn Neighborhood Health Profiles. These unprecedented profiles include a series of visualizations that characterize the residents of Brooklyn, and an analytic narrative that highlights these findings. With these profiles, the TBHC hopes to facilitate innovative, collaborative and sustainable action, by engaging stakeholders, including clinicians, community members, researchers and policy makers, toward the shared goal of Keeping Brooklyn Healthy.
As our health systems undergo transformation toward keeping their populations healthy, rather than primarily providing sick care, they will need to have a better understanding of the context of people’s lives within their catchment area, as a driver of health-related behaviors, including the use (or misuse) of healthcare resources. This understanding will be critical for clinical and business decision-making. A person’s position in society, as indicated by such factors as their economic status, race/ethnicity, education, literacy, language and cultural background, influences where they live, their access healthcare, to healthy food, transportation and community services, and to resources that can be used to maintain their health.
We hope the Brooklyn Neighborhood Health Profiles will help shed light on the complex factors to be considered, when designing strategies to improve population health and eliminate disparities, in pursuit of our mission, Keeping Brooklyn Healthy!