Designing Data-Driven Strategy to Improve Public Health

Los Angeles County is home to more than 10 million residents, making it the largest county in the U.S. by population. It is also a travel destination for millions more people every year. To protect the health and wellbeing of residents and visitors, the county’s Department of Public Health is looking for new ways to use data collection and analysis, social media, and online crowdsourcing to ensure that mission is achieved.

Monitoring food safety in the 26,000 restaurants and 12,000 markets in Los Angeles is one of the many critical responsibilities of the Department of Public Health and the county has begun taking advantage of publicly generated information and other data sources to identify potential sources of food-related problems. FUSE Fellow Mohammad Mehryar will help the county use data analysis to monitor public health trends across the county. Mohammad will create a three- to five-year strategic plan detailing how the department can further utilize data analysis to monitor public health trends across all its areas of oversight. These efforts will help the department evolve into a more data-driven and effective organization, ultimately benefiting the health and wellbeing of Los Angeles County’s visitors, residents, and families.