Sharing Session - 30 Minutes

D14 - Big Cities Health Inventory: Local Data for Action - Section A

Wednesday, July 11
11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Salon D

There is a dearth of sub-state and sub-county health. The Big Cities Health Inventory is the longest operating data platform that provides open-access, comparable city-level data for 30 of the largest, most urban cities in the United States. The platform contains more than 18,000 data point across more than 50 health, socio-economic and demographic indicators across 11 categories. This publically available free data platform allows cities to benchmark themselves against one another on pressing public health problems such as the opioid epidemic, obesity, and sexually transmitted infections. In this session, presenters will offer three different case examples of how data from this platform has been analyzed to provide sub-county pictures of obesity, opioid overdose, and cardiovascular disease and their relationships to social determinants of health. Presenters will also share evidence-based resources that cities and counties can use to address these public health threats within their communities.

Meghan McGinty, PhD, MPH, MBA

Deputy Director, Big Cities Health Coalition
National Association of County and City Health Officials

Meghan McGinty, PhD, MPH, MBA is Deputy Director of the Big Cities Health Coalition at NACCHO. The BCHC is a forum for the leaders of America’s largest metropolitan health departments to exchange strategies and jointly address issues to promote and protect the health and safety of the 54 million people they serve.

Prior to joining BCHC, Dr. McGinty conducted research at the Center for Health Security, which works to protect people's health from the consequences of epidemics and disasters. Her research examined the allocation of scarce resources during disasters, risk management and communication, and health sector resilience. From 2008-2011, Dr. McGinty served as Director of Continuity of Operations Planning at the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, where she was responsible for developing plans to sustain essential public health services in the event of a disaster. She has also supported preparedness and response initiatives of the U.S. National Response Team, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Coast Guard, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Public Health Service. Dr. McGinty received the US Surgeon General’s commendation in 2008 for her work providing force readiness and deployment training for the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. She has responded to disasters including Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and the 2009 H1N1 pandemic.

Dr. McGinty earned her Doctor of Philosophy at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Her dissertation examined hospital evacuation and shelter-in-place decision making during Hurricane Sandy. Dr. McGinty was a National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) trainee in Occupational Injury Epidemiology and Prevention. She also holds a Master of Public Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Master of Business Administration from Johns Hopkins Carey Business School and Bachelor of Arts in Art, Theater and Music from Georgetown University.


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Qisi Yao

MPH Candidate
Tufts University School of Medicine, Public Health and Professional Degree Program

Quasi Yao is an MPH Candidate with an Epidemiology & Biostatistics Concentration at the Tufts University School of Medicine, Public Health and Professional Degree Program.


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Xiafei Wang, LSW, MSW, MA

Research Assistant, Community Instructor
College of Social Work The Ohio State University

Xiafei Wang, is a research assistant and Community Instructor at the College of Social Work at the Ohio State University. She is also a PhD Candidate there.
Xiafei Wang's research interests are neighborhood and family level protective and risk factors of child behavior health. Specifically, how neighborhood environment interact with family-level adverse childhood experiences to influence child development. She is also interested in exploring the effective treatments for mental health problems, specifically integrative health care. Her doctoral dissertation focues on intergenerational trauma transmission. She will examine how opiate crisis influence the U.S. family life and child development in her future research agenda. Xiafei Wang's publication relates to social determinants of health, neighborhood social disorganization, adverse childhood experiences and post-traumatic growth.


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Michael Benusic, MD MPH CCFP

Resident Physician, Public Health & Preventive Medicine
University of Toronto

Dr. Michael Benusic is a Canadian Family Physician and a Resident in Public Health & Preventive Medicine at the University of Toronto. He is also a recent Master of Public Health graduate from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. As a future Medical Officer of Health, his interest lies in local public health management.


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