Targeted Smoke Alarm Outreach Program
As a component of its fire prevention effort, the New Orleans Fire Department (NOFD) offers free smoke alarm installation to all city residents. The initiative includes door-to-door outreach where firefighters will go throughout the city and install alarms for those in need. To ensure that the campaign has the greatest effect, NOFD worked with OPA to design a model that prioritizes areas of the city that are most likely to suffer fire fatalities and least likely to have a smoke alarm.
Code Enforcement Abatement Tool
In order to take action on blighted properties, decision makers in Code Enforcement must be able to determine if a property should be demolished or proceed to a code lien foreclosure sales (Sheriff’s sale) where it can be sold to a third party for redevelopment. In order to make abatement decisions faster, more consistent, and more rigorous, OPA worked with Code Enforcement leadership to develop a decision tool utilizing methods employed by other machine learning recommender tools. Enigma provided valuable support on the project.
Primary Care Text Campaign
The Greater New Orleans Community Health Connection (GNOCHC) provides health care coverage to more than 60,000 low-income people in the New Orleans region. While GNOCHC enrollees are entitled to free, annual appointments with their primary care doctor, only about half had taken advantage of this over the previous two years as of 2014. This number is especially concerning because of New Orleans’ poor health outcomes: 12% of babies are low birth weight, compared to 8% nationally, 12% of residents are diabetic, compared to 9% nationally, and New Orleans is consistently in the top five among US cities for HIV, and syphilis case rates. Since many of these cases can be address, prevented or mitigated in a primary care setting, getting people into care is more important than ever. To encourage GNOCHC enrollees to set up an appointment with their primary care physician, OPA worked with the City’s Health Department, the City’s Office of Neighborhood Engagement, and 504HealthNet on a primary care text campaign. Behavioral Insights provided valuable support on the project.
For those interested in exploring further:
- The Harvard Kennediy School maintains a website on using data in cities.
- The University of Chicago Data Science for Social Good website provides examples of their own work in cities