The Neighborhood Atlas

The Neighborhood Atlas

Dane County and Madison are often considered one of the "healthiest" cities in America. But how biased are those reports? UW-Madison recently released a new tool called the Neighborhood Atlas, where you can look at health down to neighborhoods themselves. Madison has huge disparities in health, and as we really focus on the health of our population as a whole, we need to dig deeper into the areas where we're seeing broad health issues.

What do health disparities via neighborhood look like? Here's an example:

For example: A doctor prescribes insulin for a diabetic patient, but doesn’t ask if the patient has a refrigerator in which to store it. The patient lives in a neighborhood with substandard housing conditions, and a working refrigerator or electricity isn’t a given. The insulin spoils and doesn’t control the patient’s blood sugar.
— UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health

I encourage you to dig in to the Neighborhood Atlas and think about the disparities we see in Dane County. Dane County is focusing on this as we look at our health disparities, mental health systems, environmental health, and more.

*Bonus - this was developed in part by Bill Buckingham, married to Supervisor Tanya Buckingham of District 24 (Monona)

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**Double Bonus - After George Gillis stepped down as Supervisor for District 14 on the far west side, Chair Corrigan appointed Huong Nguyen-Hilfiger to the board. Supervisor Nguyen-Hilfiger works in population health management at UW-Health, and will be a great asset for our work in this area.

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