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Introduction to Vital Signs

This introductory learning module guides students to understand what Vital Signs data are and how to access neighborhood information using our website. Students will interactively access the website where Vital Signs data is compiled and then will answer a series of questions about the data.
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Linking Archives and Indicators

Interested in more archival and historical information about neighborhoods? The University of Baltimore has many resources for librarians, faculty, students and Baltimore community members to learn more about their neighborhoods, from historical archives to quantitative open data about current community-based indicators. This page offers a concrete example and lesson plan on how to incorporate the materials into University courses and other training sessions.
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Poverty & Education

In this learning module, students will explore the relationship between poverty and educational achievement. They will examine poverty levels, median income, fifth-grade reading comprehension, high-school completion rates, and college degree attainment. From this, students will answer a series of questions regarding the relationships between these indicators.
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Child Well-Being

This learning module covers trends in children’s physical, social and economic health in Baltimore City. Students will examine a range of indicators and then will answer a series of questions about the links between environment (social and physical) and children’s health.
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Social Determinants of Health

In this learning module, students will examine data in order to understand the effect of social determinants on health outcomes across neighborhoods in Baltimore City. They will look at data that details the following environments: physical/built, social, economic, and service. From this data, students will assess whether the conditions in a Community Statistical Area would positively or negatively impact the health of residents.
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Urban Sustainability

This learning module helps students understand the relationship between sustainability and a range of factors including cleanliness and environment, crime and safety, business and economics, social and political, housing, health, and education. They will examine indicators from the above categories and then will answer a series of questions their impact on population change in Community Statistical Areas.
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