2023 Data-to-Action Roundup

As we approach the end of the year, Measure of America wanted to share a few key stories of how our work has made an impact throughout 2023.  

Measure of America Research Used in Congressional Bill

On September 15, Rep. Robert C. “Bobby” Scott, with the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, reintroduced the Opening Doors for Youth Act of 2023—legislation to invest $6.75 billion to address the challenges facing young adults who become disconnected from both school and work.

The authors of this bill used multiple Measure of America reports to frame the issue and argue for its importance.











Read the House Committee Press Release here.

Jamaica Hospital to Expand Trauma Bays

In April, a New York state board gave the go-ahead to commit $150 million in state funding to expand trauma care capacity at Jamaica Hospital.

In 2019, as part of DATA2GO.NYC, Measure of America worked with journalists to identify where in New York City shooting victims were most likely to die; it was Southern Queens.

In the run up to the 2020 Democratic primary for Queens Borough President, all of the candidates pledged to improve access to trauma centers in response to this analysis and reporting. 















Read the story here.

Well-Being in the San Joaquin Valley

In March, we launched our report A Portrait of the Valley, an extensive study on well-being in California’s San Joaquin Valley.

The report detailed several policies that can improve well-being for all while reducing disparities in health, education, and income. It has served as a resource for communities, advocates, and policymakers working toward closing gaps in well-being.

At our launch event, we learned that our first report in 2008 inspired a local pediatrician to focus her career on public health and start a rural health equity collaborative, and that for a former US Representative, our data on the San Joaquin Valley was an important part of framing his Congressional campaign. 














Read the report here.

Youth Disconnection in Central Louisiana

This September, Measure of America released a report about youth disconnection in Central Louisiana.

Following the launch of the report, Measure of America Director Kristen Lewis was the keynote speaker at The Rapides Foundation’s symposium on opportunity youth. This is the second time Measure of America has worked with The Rapides Foundation to surface and bring meaning to data about youth disconnection in their service area. 










Read the report here.