Breakout Sessions

Exploring Neighborhood-Level Data with Online Tools & Maps

Participants will learn to use data from the New Mexico Community Data Collaborative online maps to strengthen their organization’s community engagement, planning and policy efforts, with emphasis on how to explore and move into action information covering social, health and education factors and resources for every neighborhood in NM.

Your new skills will help you write more competitive grant proposals, to plan, manage, and efficiently target resources, develop impact assessments and policy briefs, as well as to facilitate participatory data exploration and decision making.

Attendees may bring laptops. Opportunities for future capacity building and free consultant services will also be offered.


Thomas Scharmen
New Mexico Comunity Data Collaborative / NM Dept of Health

Thomas Scharmen (MA, MPH) is a community assessment epidemiologist for public health, and adjunct faculty with the UNM MPH program.  Originally from Roswell, NM, he worked as a community organizer and clinician in rural Mexico for many years. He currently works as Epidemiologist for the Northwest Public Health Region of the NM Department of Health where his focus for the last 18 years has been bringing neighborhood level data on the social determinants of health and health outcomes to New Mexico community advocates. Mr. Scharmen also coordinates the New Mexico Community Data Collaborative (NMCDC), which has developed a data warehouse and innovative assessment tools that allow health analysts to share information and work, and provides an explorable collection of neighborhood data focused on health and education for users of all stripes: grant writers, community planners, state intervention taskforces, policy advocates, and university researchers, faculty and students. Among the multiple projects of NMCDC is the recently developed Food and Health Data Commons which includes over 100 population-based indicators examining the assets and risk factors affecting nutrition, hunger, healthy weight and food production in the state.

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Thursday, September 7
2:15pm - 3:15pm


Salon B