Public health professionals use data to drive decisions about public health priorities, the need for new programs or policies, and the effectiveness of public health intervention. However, without clear and accessible data, it’s difficult to make informed decisions. That’s why over the last several years, we’ve worked hard to improve our data displays to enhance the clarity of the data we present and the ways in which this data can be viewed.
As a part of this work, we’ve recently released series of interactive dashboards, including those on opioid response, infectious disease statistics, and influenza & RSV. These dashboards let users filter the data based on various areas of interest including geography, demographics, or outcomes. This allows us to share more of the data that we collect in an interactive way. Dashboards provide users with opportunities to explore the data and answer new questions that wouldn’t have been possible with a static report.
The utilization of these dashboards is just one of the ways that ADHS is trying to improve how data is shared. We’ve also been working hard to improve reports, presentations, and even how we share information on our website. Some examples of this are the annual STD Report, the annual Food Safety and Environmental Services Report, and the Mosquitoes of Arizona webpage.
ADHS plans to continue efforts to find new and creative ways to share data that can be used to improve health and wellness throughout Arizona.