Register Below for Baltimore Data Week 2021!

11 Different Sessions and Workshops

July 19, 2021 – July 23, 2021

This year, #BaltimoreDataDay is #BaltimoreDataWeek! Our annual workshops helping neighborhoods access data for their communities will be held online, over the course of a week!
At this 12th Annual Baltimore Data Day (Week), we will be hosting sessions and workshops all week! Community leaders, nonprofit organizations, governmental entities and civic-minded technologists can come together to see the latest trends in community-based data and learn how other groups are using data to support and advance constructive change. Baltimore Data Week is structured around a series of “how to” interactive workshops in which people who work with data will explain what data is available, where to find and access data, and how data can be actionable for communities.  

All sessions are recorded and archived on BNIA’s YouTube Channel (

This Year’s Presentations (Coming Soon) | Archive of Past Data Day Presentations

Thank you to all of this year’s Baltimore Data Week participants! Speaker bios can be found here

Baltimore Data Week 2021 Agenda

(All Times Listed Eastern Daylight Time)

Monday, July 19th

2:00-3:00PM: State of Baltimore’s Neighborhoods: Introduction to Vital Signs 19 

Session Resource Guide (Coming Soon!)

An update on the Vital Signs of Baltimore’s Neighborhoods. See which trends are continuing, and which changes are taking place in our communities. 


  • Seema D. IyerPhD, Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance – Jacob France Institute
  • Cheryl Knott, Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance – Jacob France Institute

Recording Link

4:00-5:15PM: Baltimore Data About COVID-19

Session Resource Guide (Coming Soon!)

COVID-19 altered almost every aspect of our lives in 2020 and illuminated longstanding racial and socioeconomic disparities of health. Come hear from leaders at the Baltimore City Health Department, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and No Boundaries Coalition to learn about the development of Baltimore’s COVID-19 data dashboard, key findings from the COVID-19 data, and how the data was used to advocate for community-led COVID-19 prevention efforts. Baltimore City COVID-19 Dashboard: 

Moderator: Delegate Robbyn Lewis, 46th Legislative District  


  • Darcy Phelan-EmrickBaltimore City Health Department
  • Emma Moynihan, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health
  • Melissa Marx, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health
  • Eean Logan, No Boundaries Coalition 

Recording Link

Tuesday, July 20th

10:00-11:00AM: Workshop: Using Census and Business Data

Session Resource Guide (Coming Soon!)

The U.S Census Bureau’s publicly available data sets and tools, can assist organizations in the equitable distribution of resources, and identifying underserved communities. The Census Bureau collects comprehensive data from a multitude of sources about the nation’s economy and population, covering a range of topics, including demography, housing, socioeconomics, and businesses. Additionally, the Census Bureau data sets and tools can inform the frameworks for public dashboards to share progress and program metrics for assistance programs. This session will introduce users to the agency’s Data Equity tools, to include the Census Business Builder (CBB), the Opportunity Atlas, the Response Outreach Area Mapper (ROAM) and Community Resiliency Estimates.  

Learning Objectives: By the end of this session, participants will 

  • Understand how data equity tools can help organizations reach underserved and vulnerable communities; 
  • Understand how CB data can help entrepreneurs grow or start a business; 
  • Be able to access CB data for their communities, utilizing publicly available tools on 

Workshop Lead: Nesreen Khashan, U.S. Census Bureau

Recording Link

2:00-3:15PM: Using Data to Understand the Entrepreneurial Landscape 

Session Resource Guide (Coming Soon!)

This year has been presented huge challenges and opportunities alike for small businesses in Baltimore. Join this session to learn more about how entrepreneurial support and resources are distributed within the city and the state, how these resources affect our small businesses and their communities, and how they could even help yours! 

Moderator: Kristina Williams, Charles Village Benefits District 


  • Justin Elszasz, Chief Data Officer, City of Baltimore
  • Pava LePere, EcoMap
  • Holden Wilen, Baltimore Business Journal

Recording Link

4:00-6:00PM: Workshop on Building a Community Greening Dataset for Public Health Research 

Session Resource Guide (Coming Soon!)

In this workshop, participants will learn about the Johns Hopkins University – Bloomberg School of Public Health-led project which seeks to address the impacts of vacant lot restoration on improving adolescent health disparities. Participants can follow along, or explore at their own pace, a working spatial database and map of greening lots across Baltimore City that was compiled by the Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance from various environmental stewardship organizations. Participants will have the opportunity to provide feedback on greening lots in their own community to the research and database development teams. 

Learning Objectives: Participants will learn about the ways in which the environment can impact health outcomes of residents and they will have a conceptualization of how and why robust datasets benefit researchers but also the community for understanding ways in which data can be used to improve quality of life. 


  • Kristin Mmari, Johns Hopkins University – Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Cheryl Knott, Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance – Jacob France Institute

Community Groups: Baltimore Green Space, Parks and People 

Tools/resources being presented: ArcGIS Online 

Recording Link

Wednesday, July 21st

11:30AM-12:45PM: Preparing for Affordable Housing in Maryland

Session Resource Guide (Coming Soon!)

A new report by the University of Maryland’s National Center for Smart Growth and Enterprise Community Partners finds that affordable housing stock in Maryland has not kept pace with the state’s housing needs, and that state and local leaders must accelerate their efforts to provide a range of rental and for-sale housing options for Maryland’s growing number of residents. We will start this panel with the findings of this report; speak with its author and contributors; and a local affordable housing developer in the Baltimore. We will then open up this discussion to the potential impact on Baltimore and our neighborhoods.

Moderator: Peter Dolkart, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, Baltimore Branch 


  • Nicholas Finio, National Center for Smart Growth, University of Maryland
  • Dan Ellis, NHS of Baltimore
  • Laura Searfoss, Enterprise Advisors at Enterprise Community Foundation

Recording Link

2:00-3:00PM: Using BNIA APIs to Visualize Baltimore’s ‘Black Butterfly’

Session Resource Guide (Coming Soon!)

Join Professor Colin Starger as he shows how BNIA’s Application Programmer Interfaces (APIs) can be harnessed to visualize the hypersegregation Dr. Lawrence Brown has famously described as Baltimore’s “black butterfly.” Starger will demonstrate how BNIA APIs fit into a typical Jupyter Notebook/Python “stack” and how neighborhood data can be visualized and analyzed using Python code. 

Learning Objectives:  

  • Set up Jupyter/Python stack to access BNIA API 
  • Use Pandas/Geopandas to visualize and analyze API data 


  • Colin Starger, Founder and Director of Legal Data and Design Clinic, University of Baltimore 

Tools/resources being presented: Jupyter Notebook (Python), Python libraries including GeoPandas/Pandas and MatPlotLib

Registration Link

4:00-5:00PM: Community Needs Assessment for Hospitals  

Session Resource Guide (Coming Soon!)

The Affordable Care Act mandates that hospitals conduct a community health needs assessment (CHNA) every three years in conjunction with community stakeholders to determine the demographics, health status, and health priorities of the communities they serve. Come hear from leaders at three hospital systems in Baltimore City to learn about this process, their findings, and how they are collaborating to better serve their communities.   

Learning Objectives: Participants will learn what CHNA’s are, how they are conducted, and what data they provide that may be used to inform priorities for improving community health. 

Moderator: Donna L. Jacobs, Esq. Senior Vice President, University of Maryland Medical System


  • Ryan O’Doherty, Mercy Medical Center
  • Sharon Tiebert-Maddox, Johns Hopkins Medical Center
  • Martha Nathanson, Lifebridge Health 

Registration Link

Thursday, July 22nd

12:00-2:45PM: Baltimore City Open Data: A New Administration (HYBRID session)

Session Resource Guide (Coming Soon!)

Baltimore City has a variety of tools and resources to help navigate and learn about our city’s data. Join us during this workshop to learn about the steps Baltimore is taking to improve data equity and accessibility and how to use tools like CitiStatOpenBaltimoreCodeMap and more! 

Emcee: Seema Iyer, BNIA-JFI 

12:00-1:00 p.m. Program / Part I: Panel 

  • Heidi Daniel, President and CEO, Enoch Pratt Free Library / Welcome and introduction of Mayor Scott (10 minutes) 
  • Mayor Brandon Scott, Baltimore City / Role of data and data equity in the Scott administration (15+5 minutes with some Q&A)
  • Justin Elszasz, Baltimore City Chief Data Officer / What is CitiStat? (10 minutes) 
  • Jason Hardebeck, Baltimore City Director of Broadband and Digital Equity and Dana Moore, Baltimore City Chief Equity Officer / What is digital equity and equity overall? (20 mins with Q&A) 

Break (15 mins)

1:15-2:45 p.m.  Program / Part II: Hands-On Workshops (15-20 Minutes each with Q&A) 

  • OpenBaltimore / Samantha Luckhardt, Baltimore City GIS Supervisor 
  • CodeMap / Kimberly Rubens, Acting Chief of Policy & Partnerships, Baltimore City Department of Housing & Community Development (DHCD) 
  • Open Checkbook / Justin Elszasz, Baltimore City Chief Data Officer 
  • Open Budget / Lillian Nguyen, Data Lead, Baltimore City Bureau of Budget and Management Research (BBMR) 

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5:00-6:00PM: Ignite Session: Catching up with the Baltimore Data Science Corps Fellows 

Session Resource Guide (Coming Soon!)

Learn about the Baltimore Data Science Corps comprised of students in the area who are gaining both academic and hands-on experience through real-world data science projects. The Fellows are using their data science training and skills to help advance social good in Baltimore. 

Moderator: Seema D. Iyer, Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance – Jacob France Institute

  • Amivi Atsu, UBalt Student, Data Works MD 
  • Loveth Akinyemi, UBalt Student, Maryland Center on Economic Policy 
  • German Paredes, Towson Student, Neighborhood Design Center 
  • Priya Kanneboyina, UCLA Student, Basil Labs 
  • Kaitlyn Baker, UBalt Student, Return Home 

Registration Link

Friday, July 23rd

2:00-4:00PM: Data for Youth Opportunities (HYBRID session) 

Session Resource Guide (Coming Soon!)

Data plays an important role in how we analyze and improve our assessment of opportunities and diversion strategies for Baltimorean youth. Join this session to learn how our city and community organizations are reducing inequities for Baltimore youth by exposing them to opportunities for their future and how you can get involved! 

Moderator: Philip Leaf, Professor, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health 


  • Bridget Blount, Chief Impact Officer, Baltimore’s Promise 
  • Tiana DavisCenter for Children’s Law and Policy
  • Sarah Wallace, Director, iCARRe Resource Center 
  • Kyla Liggett-Creel, University of Maryland School of Social Work 
  • Kamri “Kam” Moses, Spelman College, HeartSmiles heartbeat, Healing Youth Alliance ambassador

Registration Link


Media Coverage

Baltimore Data Week, with Virtual and Hybrid Sessions to Showcase Baltimore, July 19-23
University of Baltimore Press Release
July 3, 2021

What is Data Week?

Baltimore Data Week is an annual series of workshops and panel discussions to help communities expand their capacity to use technology and data to advance their goals. At the 12th Annual Baltimore Data Week, community leaders, nonprofit organizations, governmental entities and civic-minded “hackers” came together to see the latest trends in community-based data, technology and tools and learn how other groups are using data to support and advance constructive change. Baltimore Data Week is structured around a series of “how to” interactive workshops in which people who work with data will explain what data is available, how to access data, and why data can be actionable for communities.

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