Compare by Region: The colored gauge gives a visual representation of how your community is doing in comparison to other communities. The three-colored dial represents the distribution of values from the reporting regions (e.g. counties in the state) ordered from those doing the best to those doing the worst (sometimes lower values are better and in other cases higher values are better). From that distribution, the green represents the top 50th percentile, the yellow represents the 25th to 50th percentile, and the red represents the "worst" quartile.
Compare by Average: This gauge shows how the Orleans Parish value compares with the median or mean value for all counties in the state (or all US counties) when being higher (or lower) is good or bad.
Compare by Average: This gauge shows how the Orleans Parish value compares with the median or mean value for all counties in the state (or all US counties)when being higher (or lower) is not necessarily good or bad
Compare by Time Period: This gauge shows whether the Orleans Parish value is increasing or decreasing over time. A green arrow means the value is improving and a red arrow means the value is getting worse. The = (equal) sign means that there is not a significant increase or decrease since the last measurement. Target: This gauge shows whether or not the Orleans Parish value meets a specific target. The Orleans Parish value is represented by the left bar and the target value by the right bar.
Target: This gauge shows whether or not a specific target is met. A green check means the target is met and a red means the target is not met.

HNON Beta Site Terms of Use

  1. By accepting password access to the draft website (in beta form), I affirm that I understand this website is a work in progress that remains under development and may have discrepancies in its intended functions that need to be fixed. I agree that I will not divulge the password to any other persons in any manner without the prior written permission of LPHI.
  2. I further understand that all statistical data, mapping information and other content on this website are in draft form and may contain errors and gaps that may need revisions or deletions. Accordingly, I agree not to share, distribute, make reference to or otherwise apply the data or content on this website to any activity or use other than to provide feedback to LPHI and HNON partners.
  3. By accepting password access to this draft website, I agree to provide constructive feedback to LPHI to help improve its content, look, ease of use and overall appeal.
  4. I agree that any and all information about this website is embargoed for release to the media and the public at large until LPHI lifts this embargo.

How to Use

Welcome to the Healthy New Orleans Neighborhoods (HNON) web resource.  This resource provides a wealth of information about New Orleans and its neighborhoods, with a focus on the health of New Orleanians and the elements that effect health and well-being.  In addition, the resource provides over 1500 stories of actual community initiatives from around the country to improve neighborhood vitality as well as tools, guides and links to potential local and national partner organizations.  All of this is to help inform and support action that residents can take together as they engage in their neighborhood associations or other community organizations.

Please note that this site is not a medical site and does not provide medical information for individuals to use to diagnose or treat illnesses, conditions or injuries.  If you believe you are in need of medical advice or care, please seek a physician’s office, clinic or hospital.  If you feel you have a medical emergency, dial 911 for the emergency operator. 

Getting Started
Because this resource is intended to support residents working together to make informed, positive change in their neighborhood and community, it is best used when done together with other interested neighbors in your neighborhood.   By using these resources together, you can come to decide as a neighborhood what your priorities are and what action you may want to take and find the tools and partners to help you.   So, when you start with the resource, you are able to pick your neighborhood or one in which you are interested in by any of three ways.  You can choose “Find it on a Map” or “Select from a List” or Search by ZipCode.”  With any choice, simply move the cursor until you find your neighborhood or any other and select by pressing the left mouse button.  If you would like to view information for the entire Orleans Parish, you may select the Orleans Parish option on either the “Select from a List” or Search by ZipCode” options.  If you would like to go directly to information about HNON and some additional menu options, do not select a neighborhood but simply move the cursor over the “All About HNON” selection and press the left mouse button.

Once you are on  a neighborhood page, you will see tabs across the top for getting to the selected neighborhood “Home” as well as groups of neighborhood information by grouping for “Social,” “Health,” “Education,” “Economy,” “Environment,” “Transportation.”  You can select any tab if you would like to go directly to that group of neighborhood information.  In addition, you see a map up top and information about the selected neighborhood below.  At any time, you can switch to another neighborhood or the entire Orleans Parish by selecting the “Change Neighborhoods” heading.   In addition, you will see on the right side of the page a menu of choices for selecting a wealth of content on the site.  These include a variety of “Neighborhood Profiles,” community “Promising Practices,” “News” articles, a list of “Tools and Guides,” a list of “Helpful Organizations,” some more extensive “Reports,” and information “About HNON.”  You may select any of those options at any time to explore those resources.

The map allows you to see information about many elements for all neighborhoods and to create your own “pictures of the neighborhoods" by selecting the information you would like to map.  You may zoom in or out by using the “+” or “-“ buttons on the map or by scrolling the mouse wheel while the cursor is over the map.  There is a menu on the map called “Layers.”  These layers contain elements for the same groups as in the tabs at the tops of the page.  Select any layer heading, for example “Health,” and you will see a menu for available information that you can click on and map.  When you select your first layer, you will see shades of color appear on the map.  There will also be a legend at the bottom, right side of the map that will explain what the colors mean.  Once you select the element or elements from a layer group, you may want to click on the layer group heading again, ex. “Health,”  to make the menu roll back up so you can better see the rest of the headings.  You may select any two layers of information at a time from any of the layer groups.  When you choose two layers, the second layer will appear as colored dots that appear on top of the shaded colors for your first layer.  As with the first layer, there is a legend on the bottom, right portion of the map that explains what the dots mean.  In addition, the last layer heading you will see is the “Point Data” heading.  You can click on that and see the menu of agencies, organizations or businesses that you can see mapped.  You may select as many as you want to map.  Remember that you can zoom in and out of the map with the “+” or “-“ buttons on the map or by using the mouse scroll wheel.  You may also hide the “Layers” menu by selecting the (hide) option.   In addition, you can make the map smaller by selecting the “Make Map Smaller” option. 

Neighborhood Data
The Home Page was designed to have a simple, streamlined look.  At the top are 7 tabs (home, social, health, education, economy, environment and transportation) by clicking on any of these tabs you are led to information regarding that particular domain for Orleans Parish.

Now, if you are at the site to get information about your neighborhood, you have three options on the homepage-
  1. You can find it on a map
  2. You can select it from a list or
  3. You can search for it by zipcode and select it from there.
Whatever option you choose, you will be brought to the same home page of the selected neighborhood. This page includes a map of Orleans Parish with the neighborhood you chose outlined in purple. If you scroll down you will see the 6 domains each populated with a few different indicators. To see more indicators for a specific topic you can select the view all button which will bring you to a comprehensive list of indicators for the particular domain you are looking at. There are three comparison options for each indicator:
  1. It can show the data for the particular neighborhood compared to all other neighborhoods in Orleans parish (neighborhood vs. all neighborhoods) 
  2. It can show the data for Orleans Parish compared to all other parishes in Louisiana (Orleans vs. LA Parishes) 
  3. It can show the data for Orleans Parish compared to all other US counties (Orleans vs. U.S. Counties). 
Having these three options will allow the user to have a more comprehensive understanding of the data. For example, a particular neighborhood might have a high homeownership rate when compared to all neighborhoods in Orleans Parish , but if you then look at Orleans Parish homeownership rate compared to all US Counties you will see that the Parish is doing quite poorly. This will allow the user to better understand the true situation of the neighborhood. Although it might look good compared to the rest of the neighborhoods, it is actually doing poorly compared to the rest of the country.

To get greater detail on a particular indicator the user only needs to click on the speedometer from the list, which will bring them to a detailed description of the indicator. The page includes a description of what the indicator is, what measurement period the indicator is from, why it is important, any technical notes related to the data and finally the source and URL of the data. This page will also include information on when the indicator will be updated next.

If the indicator has more than one comparison field than you will be able to toggle back and forth between the two by using the tabs underneath the domain names at the top of the page.

Right-side Menu - Neighborhood Profiles
After choosing your neighborhood you will notice that on the right side of the page there are 6 different boxes that scroll to the bottom of the page.

Community Profile, Resources (Promising Practices and Guides and Tools), Helpful Organizations (Local and National), Personal Health Information and Community Services Finder, News (Stay Healthy News and National News), Tools and Guides, and About HNON.

Community Profile
  • Neighborhood Snapshot: When you click on this button it will send you to a comprehensive list of all indicators for the selected neighborhood. This allows you to get a quick overview of the neighborhood status.  You are still able to click on any indicator to get more information on it.
  • Community Data: This feature sends you to another comprehensive list. The page allows you to quickly see the value of each indicator and also provides the value at each comparison level. Again, you can click on the value to be brought to a more detailed description of the indicator. 
  • 2020 Tracker: Healthy People provides a framework for prevention for communities in the U.S. Healthy People 2020 is a comprehensive set of key disease prevention and health promotion objectives. The health objectives and targets allow communities to assess their health status and build an agenda for community health improvement.
  • Topic Centers: This option allows you to choose specific topics you are interested in. The site will keyword search any indicators, promising practices, guides and tools, news, reports and helpful organizations that relate to your topic of interest.
  • Quick Tips: Provides insight on how you can get the best usages of this website. We encourage you to follow the steps to get the full worth of this sight. Included in this Quick Tips section is the "Neighborhood Checklist" which provides community leaders with a comprehensive list of factors that make up a healthy community. It is simple tool that not only provides the areas of interest that should be looked at, but also links you to more detail on what really creates a healthy community.
  • Indicator Comparison: This tool allows you to compare neighborhoods in regards to a particular indicator.  
  • Collaboration Center:  Currently under pilot testing with two neighborhoods- please contact HNON team if you are interested in starting a collaboration center for your neighborhood. The Collaboration Center is a tool that will allow neighborhood organizations or community groups to have their own dashboard of indicators, pull in any resources, reports, tools and guides that they find helpful on the site and really narrow down to what they are interested in. The collaboration center will also provide a simple project management tool with chat room capabilities and an interactive calendar.
  • Plat Mat: Coming Soon. This printable detailed block map will allow residents to make notations of both neighborhood problems and assets to help with assessment, planning and tracking activities and progress.

Helpful Organizations
In addition to having neighborhood information and helpful stories from the “Promising Practices,” and tools and guides, this section provides a growing list of local and national organizations that are helping New Orleans neighborhoods.  These organizations are searchable by key topics and automatically select for tools related to data or promising practices that a user may be viewing. If there are no helpful organizations appearing for the topic for which you are viewing data, “Promising Practices” or “Tools and Guides,” it means that we do not have any at this time for your topic.  Please provide us with a request to find and add them and we will work to get them added for you.

This link will provide you with news that relates to whatever indicator you are looking at. You will be able to click on the “view more” link in the News Section to look at the comprehensive list of news article that are currently on the site.