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An interactive data platform, this initiative seeks to facilitate the practical use of data by city and community leaders for decision-making and capacity building in Houston's disadvantaged communities.

Mission

Houston Community Data Connections (HCDC) seeks to facilitate the practical use of data by city and community leaders for decision-making and capacity building in Houston’s disadvantaged communities. Please visit www.datahouston.org for more information.

Strategic Goals

HCDC provides the following data and research services to the community:

  • Access to a robust online dashboard that provides multipurpose community profiles with a wide array of neighborhood-level indicators highlighting disparities and other local issues;
  • Data visualization services that make information more accessible;
  • Data analysis to address community-driven research questions;
  • Consultation on research design;
  • Basic training on how to use data and technology to improve data literacy; and
  • Community outreach support to facilitate convenings of our partners.

HCDC Steering Committee

Deborah Banerjee, Ph.D., M.S.
Houston Health and Human Services

Ann Barnes, M.D., M.P.H.
Legacy Community Health Services

Tory Gunsolley, M.P.A.
Houston Housing Authority

Mary Lawler, M.P.P.
Avenue CDC

Margaret Oser
United Way of Greater Houston

Kathy Payton
Fifth Ward Community Redevelopment Corporation

Susan Rogers, M.C.P.
University of Houston

Shao-Chee Sim, Ph.D., M.P.A
Episcopal Health Foundation

Juliet Stipeche, J.D.
City of Houston

Amanda Timm, M.P.Aff.
LISC Greater Houston

Diana Zarzuelo, M.P.P.
BakerRipley

Support

HCDC is a member of the National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership, a collaboration between the Urban Institute and local partners in 30 cities to further the development and use of neighborhood-level information systems for community building and local decision-making. HCDC is supported by the Houston Endowment, a private philanthropic institution that works across the community for the benefit of the people of greater Houston. 

    Leadership

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    Jie Wu

    • Director of Research Management, Kinder Institute for Urban Research
    • Research Oversight Committee, Urban Data Platform
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    Team

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    Katie Wang

    • Program Coordinator, Kinder Institute for Urban Research
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    Mingming Zhang

    • Research Analyst, Kinder Institute for Urban Research
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