Local Data Dive | NYU Tandon School of Engineering

Local Data Dive

Health Landscapes in Urban Environments: A Multidimensional Approach to Mental, Physical, and Environmental Well-being



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Exploring urban skills through a worldwide lens

Hosted by NYU CUSP, this data dive invites participants to explore the intricate web of factors shaping health in urban landscapes. By considering mental, physical, and environmental dimensions, students will unearth of the complex interactions between urban living conditions and health outcomes. The initiative encourages a multidisciplinary approach, drawing from urban planning, public health, environmental studies, sociology, and psychology, to comprehensively address the factors influencing health in urban settings. 

The 2024 Data Dive will be held from April 15-19th at NYU CUSP. 

2024 theme

A Multidimensional Approach to Mental, Physical, and Environmental Well-being

Participants are encouraged to select up to two of the following dimensions to focus their analysis on urban settings:

  • Mental Health: Examine urban factors impacting mental health, including stressors associated with city living, access to mental health services, community support, and the effects of urban isolation.
  • Physical Safety and Health: Investigate how urban design, policing policies, community programs, and infrastructure contribute to or detract from the physical safety of residents, examining aspects like crime rates and public space design.
  • Environmental Impact on Health: Analyze the effects of urban ecological factors (e.g., air and water quality, green spaces, noise pollution) on physical health and explore the theme of environmental justice.

These dimensions highlight the role of social, economic, and racial factors in determining health outcomes, underscoring the need for an interdisciplinary approach to urban science and public policy. From understanding the roots of health disparities to exploring the intersection of poverty, race, and health, participants will delve into various critical urban health issues.

Potential research areas and deliverables

Participants can choose from a variety of deliverables to showcase their findings:

  • In-Depth Disparity Analysis: Explore the relationship between socioeconomic factors, race, and health outcomes.
  • Neighborhood Comparative Analysis: Compare health metrics across different areas to identify location-specific health influences.
  • Community Engagement Initiatives: Develop educational materials or programs to raise awareness of health disparities.
  • Decision-Making Enhancement: Leverage data-driven insights to inform health policy and planning.
  • Social Determinant Impact Studies: Examine how housing and education affect health disparities.
  • GIS Hotspot Identification: Use GIS to pinpoint areas with significant health disparities.
  • Interactive Visualizations: Create dynamic dashboards or story maps to illustrate health disparity data.
  • Cross-Disciplinary Collaboration Projects: Foster interdisciplinary approaches to address health disparities.
  • Health Disparity Mapping: Use GIS tools to map health disparities visually.
  • Network Analysis Projects: Investigate complex relationships among factors contributing to health disparities.
  • Policy Effectiveness Evaluations: Assess the impact of health policies and interventions.
  • Predictive Analytics and Modeling: Implement advanced analytics to predict future health trends.
  • Resource Planning Analysis: Guide the strategic allocation of health intervention resources.
  • Spatial Health Data Visualization: Use spatial analysis to reveal patterns in health disparities.
  • Time-Series Health Trend Analysis: Identify long-term impacts and changes in health disparities.
  • Health Metric Tracking: Monitor the effectiveness of health interventions over time.

Why should students participate?

Develop Consulting Skills

Hone your abilities to quickly understand a client's challenges and communicate a pragmatic yet creative solution. Build soft skills such as public speaking, networking, leadership, and communication.

Resume Building

Highlight your talents for future employers by adding the Data Drive participation to your resume or CV.

Contribute to Social Good

By focusing on issues like health landscapes in urban environments, participants contribute to societal well-being. This can be immensely satisfying and may even inspire some students to pursue careers in public service or non-profit sectors.

Data dive schedule

Activities listed below are for NYU CUSP’s participants of the Data Dive only. However, the Final Presentations on Friday, April 19 are open to the public. 

Pre-Data Dive

  • Tuesday, March 26, 12:00 – 1:30 pm EST - Data Dive Information Session

  • Recruiting
    • Students can form groups of 3-5, request a group, or work independently.
    • Deadline: April 13, 2024 at 5 PM EST

Day 1 - April 15, 2024, 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM: Introduction (30 Minutes)

  • Brief Session (Breakfast):

    • Welcome Remarks: A quick introduction to the event, its goals, and an overview of the week.
    • Overview of Themes and Datasets: Concise presentation of the data dive themes, datasets, and tools available.
    • Mentor Introductions: Brief introduction of mentors and explanation of their roles.
    • Team Formation: Quick overview of the team formation process (if not pre-assigned).
    • Q&A: A brief session for immediate questions.

Day 2-4 - April 16-18, 2024: Independent Work with Suggested Milestones

  • Daily Schedule (Self-Directed):

    • Teams work independently on their projects. Online collaboration tools (Zoom) are available for remote teams. Student groups may reserve a room reservation to work in person.
    • Suggested Milestones:
      • Day 2: Data Exploration and Initial Hypothesis Formation.
      • Day 3: Developing Analysis and Drafting Key Findings.
      • Day 4: Finalizing Deliverables and Presentation Preparation.
  • Mentor Consultations (Scheduled):
    • Participants can schedule sessions with mentors for guidance and feedback.

Day 5- April 19, 2024: Late-Morning/Early-Afternoon Showcase

  • Set-Up: 9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

    • Final Preparations: Teams finalize their presentations.
    • Technical Setup: Check in and set up the necessary equipment for presentations.
  • Final Showcase: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Registration required)
    • Food and Informal Networking: Light lunch for participants, attendees, and mentors in the CUSP Learning Commons (13th Floor, 370 Jay Street).
    • Each team will have a dedicated screen.
    • Presentation Showcase: Teams present their findings (15 minutes each), followed by a Q&A at the end while teams will be near their screens.
    • Judges' Feedback and Evaluation: Judges provide feedback and evaluate presentations.
  • Closing Ceremony:
    • Concluding Remarks: Acknowledge the efforts of participants, mentors, and organizers.
    • Recognition: Announce any special recognitions or awards.

How to participate

Students who are interested in joining the Data Dive must indicate their intent to participate by April 13, 2024 using this form. Students may sign up with a group already formed, or may sign up as individuals and will be assigned to a group. 

A recording of our recent information session can be found here for more details on the data dive.