Amanda Ziadeh, GCN
A group of nonprofits in Colorado has transformed available government data into an interactive map that shows county-level gaps in human service programs.
The Human Services Gap Map aggregates state and federal agency data on the Colorado’s food, health care, childcare and financial assistance programs, then maps it by county. Led by the Colorado Center on Law and Policy, the project is a response to the state’s past inefficiencies in providing access to these programs, according to Public News Service.
The county rankings were generated by calculating the average number of people “eligible but not enrolled” in five programs: Colorado Child Care Assistance Program (CCCAP), Colorado Works, Medicaid, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Women, Infants and Children (WIC).
The Colorado Center on Law and Policy partnered with Hunger Free Colorado, the Bell Policy Center, Covering Kids and Families and the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative.
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