This collaboration brings new and unique data assets to local policy and planning decisions related to mobility and marks an unprecedented opportunity to influence the New Orleans built environment and policy landscape. By building and leveraging a distinctive, integrated health equity data system (HEDS), this effort addresses persistent mobility barriers that underlay disparities in chronic disease rates in the Claiborne Corridor. Using HEDS to collect and integrate clinical, social, and community infrastructure data, this team will provide focused, geographically specific analyses to inform efforts to promote population health and equity—and ultimately inform policy recommendations, such as: optimal bus routes, opportunities for streetscape interventions for accessibility and walkability, and innovation of Medicaid transportation.



BUILD and its communities apply bold, upstream, integrated, local, and data-driven (BUILD) approaches to improve health in communities that are adversely affected by upstream factors.


The partnership brings new and unique data assets to local policy and planning decisions related to mobility. Past transportation and mobility plans have not explicitly included health as a consideration and often do not use health as a metric of success for implementation. This collaboration marks an unprecedented opportunity to influence the New Orleans policy landscape and built environment.


In the Claiborne Corridor, public transit and mobility options are a vital linkage to employment, education, grocery stores, health care, and other services. The team uses HEDS to better understand the complex intersections of health and social factors for this specific community and to bring concrete data into community planning around health to advance equity around mobility access for residents.


The partnership is unified under a shared vision of health and equity. With strengths in leading community assessments and collaborative planning efforts, these partners will aggregate and analyze unique, multi-sector data sets and link efforts to official planning processes. HEDS will serve as a platform for productive engagement across these partners to understand connections between health and mobility and to bring the power of data to advocate for change.


The project has built in an iterative community-driven process to guide development of HEDS and to analyze, interpret, and share data. The team engages community residents quarterly in addition to working with community leaders on an ad hoc basis. Community members articulate their goals for use of the system and help define and inform implementation.


There are currently data sharing agreements between the partners, several other hospitals, nine local federally qualified health centers, and emergency medical services as part of the Greater New Orleans Health Information Exchange. Clinical and social data are layered with community and neighborhood indicators, and data sets are de-identified so they can be shared with the community along with actionable analytics to identify community needs and opportunities.