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Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance

Project ID: 191

CIC Case Study: Promising Practices supporting Community Health Assessment

CIC Member?:
Active Project?:
Year Project Began:
Year of Latest Report:
Last Update: 06/19/16
Project LocationBaltimore, MD
Lead OrganizationBaltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance
Type of OrganizationNonprofit - Community-based

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Geographic Scope (The level of geography at which the indicator data is collected):

Issue Areas:
Children/Youth/Families, Economy, Education, Employment, Health, Housing, Other, Public Safety


Project Description

Vital Signs reports accurate and reliable outcome indicators that "take the pulse" of Baltimore's neighborhoods. Vital Signs is guided by a vision of a strong, stable city of safe and thriving neighborhoods – distinctive places where residents work together to improve the quality of life for our children, families, and neighbors.

Practices Relevant to Community Health Assessment

Promising Practices (definitions):

  • Innovative Tools
    Data portal offers access to community-level data: Every indicator available at the Community Statistical Area (CSA) geography can be downloaded in either an Excel (.xls), ArcGIS shapefile (.shp), or Google (.kmz) format. Shapefiles are archived in .zip files for downloading.

Multiple partners

Social Determinants:
Does project address Social Determinants of Health? Yes

Health Connection

Local Health Department(s) involvement? Supporting

What framework does this project use if any?

Awards and Recognitions:


Community Indicators – Performance Measures Integration

Does this project have Community Indicators?: Yes
BNIA-JFI uses 55 Community Statistical Areas (CSAs) boundaries for tracking Vital Signs data so that progress can be measured over time. CSAs are based on Census tracts which remain consistent from year to year. BNIA-JFI relates CSAs to neighborhoods as defined by the Baltimore City Department of Planning.

Does this project have Performance Measures?: No

Has this project integrated Community Indicators and Performance Measures?: No

Contact Information

1420 N. Charles St.
Baltimore , MD 21201
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