First-Year Gap Analysis by Denver Regional Accountable Health Community

This analysis will help the AHC focus its efforts to close gaps in service delivery in the target area, such as

  • where social vulnerabilities exist within the geographic target area and
  • where there are gaps in community-based services.

AHC project staff expect the gap analysis to be ongoing and updated more frequently when data specific to AHC, including Medicaid claims, screening results, community services data and larger data sets become available over the course of operations.

The Colorado Health Institute provides a wide range of health-related data, both at the state and regional levels, in its online data repository. Clicking twice on an individual county in the “County Health Profiles” is a good place to start. The drop-down menu for “Data Categories” lists all available data. And, as a community service, the Colorado Health Institute provides data for individual requests. Contact Senior Data Analyst Rebecca Crepin for assistance both in thinking through which data can best answer your question and request that information.

The City of Aurora also provides downloadable data reports online, including “Who is Aurora? the 2016 Demographic Report with Current Census Data, Key Areas, and Comparisons (a 76 pg. .pdf) and City of Aurora Facts, a handy 1-pg. fact sheet, which provides population data as well as information about the economy, housing, physical environment, and city government.

The State Demography Office of the Department of Local Affairs can provide Aurora-specific information upon request. Much information is also available on the office’s website.

The Colorado Health Information Dataset (COHID) is a searchable, online database. Birth data, death data, population estimates, and other datasets can be searched for various measures, including geographic area. Additional data can be requested by contacting the Health Statistics Section of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

Community Commons’ Community Health Needs Assessment site is a free, online toolkit that provides various resources, reports, and map-making software.

The U.S. Census Bureau provides many datasets that can be searched by topic area and geographical area. Datasets can be downloaded easily into various formats.

500 Cities Project: Local Data for Better Health 2014 – Aurora, CO is a collaboration among the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the CDC Foundation, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), whose purpose is to provide high quality small area estimates for behavioral risk factors that influence health status, for health outcomes, and the use of clinical preventive services. These estimates can be used to identify emerging health problems and to develop and implement of effective, targeted public health prevention activities.