The Healthy Neighbourhoods Data Challenge
The Opioid Data Challenge
Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health (WDGPH) uses innovative approaches to deliver evidence-informed health programs and services to meet the distinctive needs of their community.
For the Healthy Neighbourhoods Data Challenge (HNDC), WDGPH collected 23 unique metrics on Active Transportation, Food Environment, Green and Blue Spaces, and Walkability in Guelph neighbourhoods. Using this data they created the Built for Health Index which generates a score from 1 – 10 for an area within a given community. A score of 1 indicates an area that was not built to encourage healthy behaviour, while a score of 10 indicates the opposite.
For the Opioid Data Challenge (ODC), WDGPH, in partnership with the Wellington Guelph Drug Strategy, created the FAST (Flexible, Accessible, Scalable, and Timely) Overdose Alert Platform. This platform collects real-time information on substance-related overdoses and incidents from local service providers to build a detailed understanding of local patterns and trends.
You can learn more about the FAST Overdose Alert Platform by downloading the FAST Resource, browsing through this blog post, downloading this presentation from the ODC Finalist Showcase, and viewing the ODC infographic.