NEW YORKERS ON THEIR OWN HEALTH, MENTAL HEALTH & BAD HABITS
The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene collects two key kinds of health data: “surveillance data” and “survey data." Survey data, as you might've guessed, is collected via a variety of surveys/ interviews/questionnaires in which people answer questions/self-report about their own lives and behaviors. The most wide-ranging of these surveys is the Community Health Survey, "a cross-sectional telephone survey with an annual sample of approximately 8,500 randomly selected adults aged 18 and older from all five boroughs of New York City." CHS questions cover exercise, living conditions, health care access, sexual activity, drinking habits, smoking habits, and more. To view/refine the most recent results available online, from 2013: click here, then choose a topic, aka "survey measure." (For 2012 data, go here.) You can then narrow results in a number of ways, including displaying results in a neighborhood map. Below, binge-drinking maps from 2013 & 2012:
About the "psychological distress" map below: wow! Seems the South Bronx & Upper East Side reported a similar amount of "serious psychological distress" in 2012 -- a surprise, considering about 45% of the South Bronx lives below the poverty level, as opposed to 5% of the UES. Why such distress, UES? Perhaps the Dalton School took seared tilapia off the lunch menu? Or was it the fact the MTA wanted to build a subway entrance at 69th and Lex, which would've allowed the unwashed masses to very easily get to 69th and Lex? The horror.
More on survey data: read NYC's 2010 Community Health Atlas Survey here -- it contains a by-neighborhood map of every survey measure from 2010 results (so, 20+ maps), and in-depth information about the Community Health Survey. Read a comprehensive 2006 health profile of your neighborhood here. (Simply input your zip code, or click your neighborhood in the list provided.) Go here to find & explore interactive data from a variety of surveys, including about a decade's worth of Community Health Surveys, a 2009 Child Community Health Survey, a 2004 Health and Nutrition Survey, and multiple Youth Risk Behavior Surveys.
"...in New York I have always felt lonely, the loneliness of the caged animal, which brings on crime, sex, alcohol and other madnesses." -- Henry Miller