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New oversight organization takes the reins for Palm Beach County Counts website (www.pbccounts.org)

New administration plans to grow data offerings of the popular information site

 
PRLog - Dec. 6, 2012 - The Economic Development Research Institute (EDRI) and the Palm Beach County Counts Data Portal Collaborative are excited to introduce the Health Council of Southeast Florida (HCSEF) as the new oversight organization for the popular local data website, Palm Beach County Counts (PBC Counts), as of December 2012.

HCSEF will adopt the site into their organization with committed staff to help grow the local information offerings and maintain the data.  “We believe HCSEF is the best agency to manage PBC Counts.  They can take the site to the next level, with dedicated staff and a similar mission to provide accurate data and information to the community,” said Greta von Unruh, Executive Director of EDRI. “It is the most natural progression for PBC Counts.”

Organizations like the HCSEF manage data websites across the United States.  A similar site called NE Florida Counts was launched a few months before Palm Beach County’s, and is run by the Health Planning Council of Northeast Florida.  Health Planning Councils in the Miami, Tampa and Orlando areas also run similar websites.  

“The Health Council of Southeast Florida (HCSEF) is thrilled to be the new oversight agency for the PBC Counts web portal.  The portal is an extremely valuable asset to the community, and we feel that HCSEF, with our data and planning expertise, knowledge of the community and partnerships with individuals and organizations within the community will be able to further advance and improve this already wonderful resource,” said Dr. Edward Fischman, Chairman of the HCSEF Board.

Since the launch of Palm Beach County Counts more than 13,000 people have logged on to the site and many grant writers and community leaders tout it as an invaluable resource for local information.  PBC Counts now features more than 133 local data indicators, zip-code level census information and other tools that allow grant writers and business owners to have an un-biased, accurate picture of the people and needs in Palm Beach County. This level of information is not readily available anywhere else for free.  

About Palm Beach County Counts:

Palm Beach County Counts is a collaborative effort of seven organizations working with the Healthy Communities Institute, Inc. to maintain a local, interactive website that provides easy to understand health, economic, environmental and other data based indicators about Palm Beach County.

Users of the website access census data by zip code, custom local data indicators, get contact information on best practice programs from across the United States and explore hard to find local reports all for free.  Community planning groups are using the website to highlight areas of critical concern by building “dashboards” of local information; including on Diabetes, Health and Human Service concerns and the safety and well being of Palm Beach County’s children.

The founding organizations include: The United Way of Palm Beach County, Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County, Health Care District of Palm Beach County, Quantum Foundation, Palm Healthcare Foundation, Board of County Commissioners of Palm Beach County, and Workforce Alliance, Inc.  Allegany Franciscan Ministries and the Lake Okeechobee Rural Health Network have also provided the project with funding. The Health Council of Southeast Florida will now serve as the administering agency for the website.

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