The SouthCoast Health Data Hub is a collaborative initiative of public health organizations and agencies throughout the SouthCoast of Massachusetts, a region that spans Wareham to Swansea. This region includes two Community Health Network Areas: CHNA 25, or Partners for a Healthier Community which serves Greater Fall River, and CHNA 26, Greater New Bedford Allies for Health and Wellness.
This website was created and is managed by the UMass Dartmouth Public Policy Center. To learn more about the Public Policy Center, visit http://publicpolicycenter.org/.
How to use this site
This site’s content is characterized in one of three ways:
1) DATA – This content includes data for series of indicators; it is presented in the form of downloadable spreadsheets. This section of the site is intended to inform stakeholders as to how the region, a subset of the region, or one of its cities (Fall River or New Bedford) is measuring up in a particular area. State-level data is typically included to provide context.
2) RESOURCES – The site’s resource pages include relevant research across multiple health sub-topics, tools with which site users can develop their own research projects, and data sources that contain information that may not be included on this site.
3) NETWORK – These pages are for current members of the network that supported the development of this site, and they also contain information for prospective members who seek to gain access to protected content (including unique, member-collected data).
SouthCoast: This term refers to a region in southeastern Massachusetts that runs from the Rhode Island border to Cape Cod. A map of the region can be found here.
CHNA: This acronym stands for ‘Community Health Network Area,’ a designation by the MA Department of Public Health. CHNA members include public, nonprofit, and private organizations from the regions they serve. The SouthCoast includes two CHNAs: 25 and 26.
Greater Fall River: This refers to the Fall River region also designated as CHNA 25. Greater Fall River data includes the following communities: Fall River, Somerset, Swansea, and Westport.
Greater New Bedford: This refers to the New Bedford region also designated as CHNA 26. Data includes these communities: Acushnet, Dartmouth, Fairhaven, Freetown, Marion, Mattapoisett, New Bedford, Rochester, and Wareham.
If you have questions or feedback about this site or its content, contact Public Policy Center Director of Research and Administration David Borges (508-999-9264).
If you have questions about the network or would like to join, contact David Weed, Executive Director of Partners for a Healthier Community (508-324-2411).