Data Sources, Resource Lists, and Reports

This page provides data sources, resource lists, and reports for people wanting to further explore data and resources related to health in Aurora.

Data Sources | Resource Lists | AHA Papers | Reports |  Maps

Data Sources

  • This Snapshot of Healthcare in Aurora is a great place to start when looking for data for Aurora. Click here for a snapshot of the health status of the people of Aurora.
  • The Colorado Health Institute provides a wide range of health-related data, both at the state and regional levels, in its online data repository. Clicking twice on an individual county in the “County Health Profiles” is a good place to start. The drop-down menu for “Data Categories” lists all available data. And, as a community service, the Colorado Health Institute provides data for individual requests. Contact Senior Data Analyst Rebecca Crepin for assistance both in thinking through which data can best answer your question and request that information.
  • The City of Aurora also provides downloadable data reports online, including “Who is Aurora? the 2016 Demographic Report with Current Census Data, Key Areas, and Comparisons (a 76 pg. .pdf) and City of Aurora Facts, a handy 1-pg. fact sheet, which provides population data as well as information about the economy, housing, physical environment, and city government.
  • Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) provides a similar downloadable report, the Aurora Community Profile, which provides demographic and housing data, and population, occupation, and transportation information, among others factors.
  • The State Demography Office of the Department of Local Affairs can provide Aurora-specific information upon request. Much information is also available on the office’s website.
  • The Colorado Health Information Dataset (COHID) is a searchable, online database. Birth data, death data, population estimates, and other datasets can be searched for various measures, including geographic area. Additional data can be requested by contacting the Health Statistics Section of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
  • Community Commons’ Community Health Needs Assessment site is a free, online toolkit that provides various resources, reports, and map-making software.
  • The U.S. Census Bureau provides many datasets that can be searched by topic area and geographical area. Datasets can be downloaded easily into various formats.
  • 500 Cities Project: Local Data for Better Health 2014 – Aurora, CO is a collaboration among the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the CDC Foundation, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), whose purpose is to provide high quality small area estimates for behavioral risk factors that influence health status, for health outcomes, and the use of clinical preventive services. These estimates can be used to identify emerging health problems and to develop and implement of effective, targeted public health prevention activities.

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Resource Lists

These resource lists were put together by AHA’s incredible partners! Because they are products of other organizations, they will not be regularly updated. Please see the dates noted by each list.

Medical Home

A patient-centered medical home (PCMH) delivers primary care in an organized, comprehensive way with the aim of improving health and care delivery, and lowering the cost of care.

One of the community objectives from the 2013 Aurora Kids Health Access Convening was that 100% of children in Aurora will have a Medical Home.  The List of Medical Homes Serving Northwest Aurora was prepared in partnership by the Colorado Children’s Healthcare Access Program (CCHAP), Children’s Hospital Colorado, Aurora Health Access, and the Piton Foundation to help families find an appropriate Medical Home for their children.  The list is the best effort of these organizations to identify clinics and practices that serve the children in Northwest Aurora, particularly children on Medicaid, CHP+, or who are uninsured.  The full list was last updated in October 2014.  Updates to the list will be managed by the Parent Smart advice line at Children’s Hospital Colorado and CCHAP.  Please contact them at 720-777-3996 if you find any errors or want to offer an update or change.

Medical Homes Serving NW Aurora (Excel) (This link will download an Excel File of  “Medical Homes Serving NW Aurora” updated 8.18.2016. ) 

Medical Homes Serving NW Aurora (.pdf) (This link will download a .pdf file of the above spreadsheet updated 8.18.2016.) 

Natural Helpers Guide, Aurora Welcome Center (.pdf)

Adams County Resource Guide
This is a guide to accessing health and human services agencies, programs, and services for individuals and families in Adams County.

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AHA Papers

AHA Life Expectancy Paper:  “Does Where You Live Affect How Long You Live?” As it turns out, your ZIP Code can have more impact on your life expectancy than your genetic code.  Even a one-mile distance between two ZIP Codes can have a great effect on life expectancy.  What does this mean for Aurora, CO? (October, 2016).

Guide to Oral Health Resources for Seniors in Aurora

Know Where to Go” Infographic: Free-Standing Emergency Rooms and Urgent Care Clinics in Aurora, CO (2-pg. .pdf)

“Know Where to Go” Long Paper: Free-Standing Emergency Rooms and Urgent Care Clinics (26 pg. .pdf).

KnowWhereToGo.LongPaper.Final (Summer 2016) (2-pg. .pdf)

Guide to Health Insurance for Undocumented Individuals

Non-Emergent Medical Transportation as a Barrier to Care

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Reports

Hotspotters

The Implementation Steering Committee for the 2013 University Hospital’s Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) recommended that University of Colorado Hospital (UCH) fund stronger Emergency Department case management and collaboration with community primary care. Simultaneous with this recommendation, Dr. Roberta Capp (also a member of the CHNA Implementation Steering Committee) initiated a research project (Hotspotters) to analyze how the social determinants of health and barriers to accessing care in the community can lead to emergency department utilization. Preliminary results of this research were announced at the end of July 2014. The results underscore the need for programs to strengthen community primary care such as recommended by the UCH CHNA Steering Committee and to enhance education for future health care providers. For more information, visit the Hotspotters Website.

Needs Assessments

Many AHA partners have conducted needs assessments on communities that include Aurora, provide community health data, or agency plans:

North Aurora Immigrant and Refugee Demographic Profile (October 2015): 

This demographic profile was created by the Piton Foundation for Aurora Health Access’s Immigrant and Refugee Children’s Health Task force, a subgroup of AHA’s Pediatric Access Work Group. The aim was to fill a gap in immigrant/refugee demographic data for the 80010, 80011, 80012, 80017 zip codes in North Aurora in order to better understand the community and address relevant issues.

North Aurora Immigrant & Refugee Demographic Profile

Colorado School of Public Health

The Community Health Assessment class in the Colorado School of Public Health partnered with Aurora Health Access to carry out several assessments. These assessments were designed to collect and analyze information to answer questions posed by AHA. AHA would like to thank Holly Wolf, PhD, MSPH for overseeing these projects, as well as the teaching assistants and, of course, the marvelous students. The assessments answer six questions:

1. How is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) affecting Aurora?

2. Are there barriers to specialty care in Aurora? What are they and what can be done to overcome them?

3. What are the strengths of Northwest Aurora? What are the challenges to health?

4. Do adults face barriers to care in Aurora? What are they and what can be done to overcome them?

5. What is “Original Aurora”? What does the health landscape look like?

6. What can we garner from the “Original Aurora” assessment? How can we translate this information into public health practice in Aurora?

 7. What are the key health concerns for the City of Aurora?


Maps

Map of Aurora in Three Counties

Courtesy of the Aurora Chamber of Commerce, this map shows the City of Aurora in its three counties: Adams, Arapahoe, and Douglas Counties.

Percentage of the Population in Aurora Living Below the Poverty Level

Courtesy of the Colorado School of Public Health and the students who prepared the 2014 report, “Understanding Population Health in Aurora.” Click here to view the full report. Data from the City of Aurora, Planning & Development Services Department (2012).

Social Determinants of Health

2040 Partners for Health created a map based on selected socio-demographic data that shows the variation in the social determinants of health across Colorado.  Click here to access this valuable information, or go to the home page of their Web site at www.2040partnersforhealth.org.

Denver Regional Equity Atlas

An interactive tool for creating maps showing locations around Denver and the transportation network. Maps can also show demographic, economic, and other data.

The Piton Foundation Interactive Mapping Tool – Denver Metro Data

An interactive tool for creating maps showing locations around the Denver metro area. Searchable by neighborhood or census tract. Maps can show a variety of demographic, educational, and social data.

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