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Dashboard Launched to Track Progress Against Vancouver's Healthy City TargetsCity of Vancouver
The dashboard tracks progress against 23 key indicators that act as determinants of health and well-being of residents and communities as a whole.
Technical and financial support for the dashboard was provided by the Partnership for Healthy Cities External website, opens in new tab, a global network of cities committed to saving lives by preventing noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) and injuries, now expanded to provide immediate assistance in the urban response to COVID-19 External website, opens in new tab. The partnership is supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies in partnership with the World Health Organization and the public health organization Vital Strategies.
Examples of datasets featured in the dashboard include the number of children living in families below Canada’s official poverty line, the number of households spending more than 30% of their income on housing, and the proportion of adults who have a sense of community belonging.
As well as the most recent data for each indicator, the dashboard includes target figures and the current status of our progress towards that goal.
The local datasets will help inform the strategic work of the City and its community partners, as well as telling a more complete story about health and wellbeing in Vancouver.
This week’s launch represents the first phase of the project but the dashboard will be expanded to include additional indicators, as well as neighbourhood level data. We are also engaging with Indigenous communities, including local Nations and urban Indigenous organizations, to identify more decolonized ways of collecting and analyzing the data.
Mayor Kennedy Stewart
“Vancouver is proud to be part of a network of forward-thinking cities that are taking new approaches to better understand the challenges that our communities and residents are facing,” said Mayor Kennedy Stewart. “I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the Partnership for Healthy Cities and Bloomberg Philanthropies for enabling us to develop this dashboard which will ensure our vital work around equity, poverty reduction, and COVID-recovery is rooted in data.”
Ariella Rojhani, Director of the Partnership for Healthy Cities
“Vancouver’s data-driven approach embraces the fact that good health and wellbeing are the product of more than just access to health care,” said Ariella Rojhani, Director of the Partnership for Healthy Cities. “We applaud the City for using these data to inform future policy decisions, and for the transparency demonstrated.”