Heartland Alliance


June 2018 E-News

ILpovdatamap.pngComing Soon: Illinois County Poverty Data

As we strive to make Illinois a state characterized by safety, equity, and opportunity for all, it’s important to look at the dynamics of poverty and well-being not only at the state and national levels, but also locally.  Next month, we will be releasing county-level poverty data to take a look at indicators of poverty and well-being on a local level.

Be on the look out for more information and the full release of data. Until then, view last year's data to see how your county fared.


desks in a rowMeasuring IMPACT: Creating the Chicago Youth Centers Dashboard

Chicago Youth Centers (CYC) is a youth development organization providing innovative early childhood and out-of-school time programs for children ages 3-18. CYC focuses on giving youth tools, resources, and opportunities needed to become engaged, well-rounded adults and to succeed in the 21st century workplace. As CYC seeks to expand its base of support and learn from its successes and challenges, there is a clear need to step back and assess the impact of CYC’s programs.

IMPACT partnered with CYC to develop a data dashboard that presents CYC’s progress on key outcome measures using administrative as well as self-reported data from CYC’s participants at the Rebecca Crown Center in South Shore. To contextualize these results, IMPACT also reported on similar outcomes data on students from schools within the same zip code as the Rebecca Crown Center. An accompanying internal white paper summarizes data dashboard findings and provides a list of recommendations and opportunities to increase CYC's impact and enhance data-driven decision making.

HelloWelcoming AnneMarie & Katherine to Heartland Alliance Family

We are very excited to welcome two new faces to the Heartland Alliance Research & Policy office! AnneMarie Bryson and Katherine Liu will be joining the Social IMPACT Research Center as our newest Research Assistant and Intern—we are incredibly glad to have them with us! Join us in welcoming AnneMarie and Katherine and learn more about our newest team members.

AnnMIMPACT.PNGAnneMarie Bryson is a Research Assistant at Heartland Alliance’s Social IMPACT Research Center. She is currently pursuing a degree in Economics and Mathematics at the University of Notre Dame, where she works for the Wilson Sheehan Lab of Economic Opportunity, helping to identify innovative, effective programs that help individuals move out of poverty. AnneMarie’s policy interests include immigration, education, specifically early childhood education, and health. AnneMarie enjoys baking, listening to music, going on runs, and exploring Chicago, her new temporary home!


KatherineLcommsinternKatherine Liu is a Communications Intern for Heartland Alliance’s Research and Policy Division. Katherine is currently studying Social Studies and Computer Science at Harvard College. She has experience with communications, research, and strategy, and hopes to share the Research and Policy Division’s social justice work and its human impact. In her free time, Katherine enjoys reading, writing, and playing with her dog. During the school year, her week‘s highlight is volunteering to help immigrants improve their English fluency and prepare for their citizenship exams.

nhchresizeWhat We're Learning

Kathryn (Callie) Kaplan, MPH | Senior Research Associate

I attended the 2018 National Health Care for the Homeless Conference & Policy Symposium in Minneapolis, Minnesota from May 15-17.   The title of this year’s conference was “Working Together for Community” and covered a wide range of topics related to health service provision, healthcare policy, the intersection of healthcare, housing and other homeless services, and healthcare advocacy for the homeless. I was particularly focused on attending sessions related to the coordination of data systems within homeless service sectors, such as healthcare or housing, and ways in which we can utilize data systems to better tailor care and provide wraparound services. This information will be critical in moving forward with our ongoing Cooperative Agreement to Benefit Homeless Individuals (CABHI) project, which seeks to improve services for youth and families experiencing homelessness and substance use issues. The learnings will also inform our upcoming evaluation of Heartland Alliance Health’s innovative Health Neighborhoods program.

Read more about Callie's experience


GTF2018SA.PNGAlexis “Ali” Carella, Ph.D. | Senior Research Associate

The Good Tech Fest in Detroit was wonderful. Myself, Suniya and my infant daughter Nina (when she could stay awake) all spent long days learning about the ways in which people are using data to impact the world in a positive way. Standout sessions for me focused on themes such as effective data visualizations, data science, and how one company - Marinus Analytics - is using machine learning and facial recognition technology to fight human trafficking. It was invigorating to spend time with others who share our similar pain points when it comes to data collection and analysis, and engage in deep solution-oriented dialogue.

Suniya Farooqui | Data Analyst

It was great to FINALLY meet Nina in person at Good Tech Fest! She was a trooper for attending all the sessions with Ali. I took a lot away from the sessions focused on data visualizations and mapping. Especially getting hands-on training on QGIS, which is an open source mapping software. But I also learned a lot about areas I was not familiar with, like machine learning and artificial learning. There are some amazing organizations, such as DataKind that are helping nonprofits to efficiently utilize their limited resources and time through machine learning.

Read more about Suniya and Ali's (and Nina's!) experience.




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