What we’re doing: Providing high quality, area-level, health-related data that is available to everyone. We provide relevant and timely information at no cost online and in a user-friendly format so that communities in Ontario can identify issues related to health equity and respond.

Why we’re doing it: Without high quality, area-level data it is difficult to identify service gaps. We provide health service use data such as cancer screening rates, emergency department admissions, primary care enrollment and more at different levels of geography. We also provide data related to chronic disease in adults such as diabetes, asthma and high blood pressure. We aim to:

  • Build community capacity to use health information.
  • Build a deeper understanding of Ontario neighbourhoods in order to appreciate the health needs of communities.
  • Foster academic-hospital-community collaborations to improve population health.
  • Demonstrate health inequities in order to address them.

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How we’re doing it: Through a data partnership, we utilize health data housed at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences for the majority of our health indicator topics. Other data partners include Toronto Public Health, community health providers and researchers. We generate this data for various levels of geography such as neighbourhoods and Health Links and provide it to our users in different formats. Our data is downloadable and available through our website. Members of our team also offer phone or email consultations.

In 2016, we expanded from our start in Toronto to offer high quality data for communities in many areas of the province including neighbourhood-level data for both Toronto and the Central LHIN. We now provide health-indicator data for all 14 Ontario LHINs, 82 Ontario Health Links, and more.

Our partners:

  • Access Alliance – Multicultural Health and Community Services
  • Central LHIN
  • Centre for Urban Health Solutions at St. Michael’s Hospital
  • Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences
  • South East Toronto Organization
  • Toronto Central LHIN
  • Toronto Public Health
  • Wellbeing Toronto
  • Wellesley Institute

Case study: Recently, the Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network used our data to inform planning at the neighbourhood-level to identify hot-spots requiring additional primary care resources.

More information: Please explore our website, and contact us with any questions. Contact Anne-Marie Tynan at tynanma@smh.ca, or Dr. Rick Glazier at glazierr@smh.ca. We look forward to hearing from you!

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