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Updates to Minnesota's Uninsured Profile Data Tool that Identifies and Characterizes the Uninsured PopulationFebruary, 26, 2020:
After a successful initial release of a new, interactive data tool that provides a way to identify and characterize communities with high uninsurance rates in Minnesota, Dr. Kathleen Call and her team at SHADAC have continued their partnership with the Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation of Minnesota through a just-released update to the profile tool, which incorporates the latest data from the Census Bureau along with another dimension by which users can now view the state’s uninsured population—legislative districts.
The original version of this profile tool provided rates and counts of the uninsured in Minnesota that were focused specifically on classification by ZIP code level (i.e., Census-defined ZIP code), allowing users to compare characteristics of the total population to the uninsured population in a specific ZIP code as well as providing an in-depth profile of community characteristics. An interactive map that accompanies this tool also shows users the geographic makeup of each ZIP code in relation to schools, hospitals, native reservations, and other important or distinctive landmarks.
In the updated version, users are able to look at rates and characteristics of the uninsured not only by their ZIP code area of interest—or by the state as a whole, or by region, or by county, as they could in the original—but also by State legislative district, both House and Senate. By adding this layer of definition, Dr. Call hopes to continue the work of refining the tool and making it more useful in supporting targeted outreach and enrollment activities of health insurance navigators and assisting policymakers as they develop strategies to reach the remaining uninsured in Minnesota.
The next step will be the production of an infographic series featuring the newly available legislative district information, which Dr. Call plans to release later this spring, followed by a webinar later in the summer.
“The goal is to continue to try and meet the changing needs of navigators and other data users,” she says. “By creating and updating this tool, we want people to zoom in or out to levels of geography that matter most to the decisions they are making to improve access to health insurance coverage, which hopefully translates into equitable access to health care.”
To download the Uninsured Profile, access additional information, or to request the development of a similar tool for another state, visit the "Minnesota's Uninsured Profile Resource" page.