UCLA Health web tool allows consumers to see health care stats by region

Californians can now access health care information by zip code, county, city, or legislative district through a new web tool created by UCLA Health. The interactive site increases transparency to consumers and advocacy groups looking for health disparities in specific regions.

The AskCHIS Neighborhood Edition allows customizable searches of a wide range of health topics including quality of children’s health, asthma, diabetes, mental health, and even delayed prescription services. Users can “pool” results to their geographic area of interest.

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AskCHIS NE allows customizable searches based on health topic. / Source: askchisne.ucla.edu

This service is made possible through data gathered by the California Health Interview Survey, the nation’s largest health survey, according to their press release. The companion tool AskCHIS allowed access to health data at the county and state levels, but the new release strives to dig even deeper to give localized results by neighborhoods.

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Map graphics allow comparison between counties, cities, districts. / Source: askchisne.ucla.edu

“This is the first time that Californians will be able to access neighborhood health information in just a few, simple steps,” said CHIS principal investigator Ninez Ponce to UCLA Health.

Intuitive, geographic maps make it possible for users to compare neighboring areas in California. Results can be exported into Excel spreadsheets and all charts can be downloaded.

“AskCHIS NE truly moves forward the center’s mission of democratizing data,” said Bogdan Rau, ASK CHIS NE project manager.

The project is funded by grants from Kaiser Permanente and the California Wellness Foundation.