New Delaware Online Database Breaks Down Barriers

WILMINGTON – Delaware’s new online database that incorporates local information on a wide range of social indicators ranging from health statistics to education, income and wealth, safety and criminal justice and more was produced by the Delaware Division of Public Health, United Way of Delaware and Delaware Racial Justice Collective.

The Equity Counts Data Center was created to provide organizations, leaders, and communities with the data and resources they need to overcome institutional and historical barriers that affect Delawares’ well-being and opportunities to thrive based on race, gender, sexual orientation and other identities. .

Previously, an organization that wanted to implement or pilot social programs and policies had to compile data from dozens of state and federal datasets on a wide variety of websites. The Equity Counts data center includes information from a coalition of data sharing partners on an inclusive website in graphical format hosted on the Public Health Division’s My Healthy Community portal.

“This is a game-changer for Delawares. Far too often we want to create change, but we don’t have the baseline data to show why this work really matters. The Equity Counts Data Center will help anyone who wants to make changes in Delaware find the comprehensive data they need in one centralized location,” United Way President Michelle A. Taylor said in a statement.

Data is presented at the state and zip code level, with comparisons available by race, ethnicity, gender and age to promote data-driven decisions and guide policies, programs and practices.

“The Equity Counts Data Center is the resource for communities, schools, organizations and individuals who have worked for change in their communities and have expressed the why but need data for ongoing support,” Sequoia said. Rent, Public Health Equity Administrator in a statement.

“Now, in one convenient place, they can find the data to elevate those voices and accelerate change.”