New Online Public Health Resources: Atlas of Birth and Measure of America

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Guest post by Jessica Turon 




WHAT: A beautiful and sobering portrait of women’s reproductive health around the globe, the new Atlas of Birth maps 17 indicators, from the familiar (lifetime risk of maternal mortality) to the unexpected (% parliamentary seats held by women).

WHO: The Atlas of Birth is a joint project of the White Ribbon Alliance, the University of Aberdeen, and the University of Southampton. It is funded by Norway’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health.

DON’T MISS: • the ‘compare’ feature, which allows you to view two maps side-by-side • the video that calls for “midwives, nurses, or doctors with midwifery skills” (zing!) • the global c-section stats – although I wish this had a finer-grained scale, it’s an important reminder that many countries suffer from serious lack of access to needed surgery






WHAT: An enormously broad visual data set specific to the United States, the maps available from The Measure of America provide an intriguing look at multiple health, education, and income indexes and indicators, from % low birth weight infants to poverty rates.

WHO: The Measure of America maps are part of the American Human Development Project out of the Social Science Research Council, an independent non-profit. Funding for this project is through the Council as well as several private foundations that contribute to humanitarian causes.

DON’T MISS: • the tutorial linked from the front page (the interface isn’t 100% intuitive) • the option on some maps to view data by congressional district instead of state – sometimes producing very different maps • some surprising winners by overall Health Index • infant mortality rates in some states that would put them around 60thin the United Nations Infant Mortality rankings