Authored By

DataHaven and Purple States


June 06, 2020


North Hartford Triple Aim Collaborative, United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut, New Haven Health Department, Valley Community Foundation, Naugatuck Valley Health District, and other local partners, including community residents

Videos and Films

Series: COVID-19 Reckonings

A four-part series, COVID-19 Reckonings, is being produced by Purple States and DataHaven with residents of Connecticut communities hardest hit by the pandemic because of longstanding inequities.

Episode One: More Exposure. Produced by Purple States and DataHaven, with Aziya Ricard and Tyrone Jones, residents of New Haven. Released 6/25/2020.

You may also watch and share Episode One on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (click each for direct links to the post). The video was initially shared in a CT Mirror article with additional context.

Episode Two: Deadlier. Produced by Purple States and DataHaven, with Wanda Perez, Aziya Ricard, and Tyrone Jones, residents of New Haven. Released 7/3/2020. [Note: A production error lists Wanda Perez as a resident of Hartford; this error is being corrected in a revised version to be posted here]

You may also be able to watch and share Episode Two in a CT Mirror article with additional context, or on our social media feeds. Please help us share.

Other episodes in this series will be posted here as they are published.

Additional Productions

Several resident-driven documentaries focusing on Hartford, New Haven, and the Naugatuck Valley are planned for release in 2020, but professional filming and production is currently delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Local Data Analysis

Please review the links at the bottom of this page, click here, or contact DataHaven for additional resources related to our analyses of data on life expectancy and related social and health inequities. We are using USALEEP data in statewide, regional, and town- and neighborhood-level projects with public and private partners throughout Connecticut, including our neighborhood profiles and the Community Wellbeing Index program, which covers all towns statewide.

Our new publication, Towards Health Equity in Connecticut: The Role of Social Inequality and the Impact of COVID-19, also serves as a resource in this work, using data to highlight social determinants of health that drive health disparities in Connecticut.

About the Project

Visualizing and Powering Healthy Lives is a $2 million grant initiative that supports 10 projects across the US, leveraging United States Small-Area Life Expectancy Estimates Project (USALEEP) data to explore how communities can address health disparities and ensure everyone has a fair and just opportunity for a long life.

As part of this initiative, DataHaven, in collaboration with Purple States as well as local partners throughout Connecticut, are using the USALEEP dataset to develop organizing, communications, and advocacy tools. The team is integrating community organizing with data analysis and resident-driven storytelling to advocate for investment in strategies that community knowledge and data suggest will reduce health inequities.

The project's goal is to produce distilled, graphically clear, action-oriented data analysis informed by community processes, as well as multiple short-form documentary videos that integrate personal stories to bring implications of small-area health data to life. This project gives residents a chance to further document and showcase the health inequities they experience by sharing their stories through video storytelling. By combining USALEEP data on life expectancy with administrative data, surveys, and residents' insights and stories, communities can identify and convey local variations in health-related factors and empower multisector interventions. This project's analysis will demonstrate to data-holders at the state and local levels the value of small-area data like USALEEP for local empowerment and strategic interventions—and how releasing additional datasets at the neighborhood level could greatly enhance the power of analyses.

This project is based upon work supported by the Urban Institute through funds provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. We thank them for their support but acknowledge that the findings and conclusions presented in this project are those of the producers and participants, and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Urban Institute or the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

About USALEEP Data

A joint effort of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the National Association for Public Health Statistics and Information Systems, and the National Center for Health Statistics, USALEEP data measures life expectancy at birth for nearly every neighborhood in the US, the first public-health-outcome measure available nationwide at the census-tract level. These estimates of life expectancy were created through a rigorous methodology that involved geocoding death records of US residents and using census-tract-level population estimates from the American Community Survey.