Rake In The Data!
October 2020 Newsletter
Data Can Save Lives. 
October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month, a time to show support to the many families who have suffered such a tragic loss, and increase education and prevention efforts which may ultimately reduce the incidence of these tragedies. 

To gain knowledge about the potential causes of stillbirth, the North Dakota Department of Health and the North Dakota Department of Human Services are sponsoring a public health surveillance project. The project is called the Study of Associated Risks of Stillbirth (SOARS) and will be implemented by the Center for Social Research at North Dakota State University.

SOARS was launched last month and is actively collecting data through a survey that can be completed by invitation, on paper or online. SOARS is important because it provides data not available on fetal death certificates or in medical records. The information learned from these surveys will assist in identifying women who are high risk for stillbirth, monitor risk factors, and identify potential areas for prevention. This project will also assist in monitoring progress towards goals in reducing the rates of stillbirth in North Dakota.

Data Inspires Action.
In a relatively short time, COVID-19 is impacting North Dakota on a large scale. The new experimental U.S. Census Bureau's Household Pulse Survey is designed to quickly and efficiently deploy data collected on how people's lives have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. After completing a first phase, the U.S. Census started to release results of the second phase of the survey, starting August 19, 2020. 

The survey provides valuable information to measure the impact of COVID-19 on household income, food and housing insecurity, education, health, and remote work. Explore some highlights of the results based on data collected August 19-August 31, 2020, in North Dakota.
Data Answers Questions.
Homeownership is a significant asset-building strategy for individuals and a benefit for communities. Homeownership rates differ by the type of household. Which household type has the largest homeownership rate?

More Than Data.
One of North Dakota Compass' goals is to connect people across the state to each other and to share information and ideas that can help make our communities the best they can be.

The Ideas at Work section under each topic on North Dakota Compass, provides links to networks, organizations, and agencies on the ground working in a field related to that topic area. In addition, the section provides links to websites that identify proven strategies to address the topic area. 

We have recently updated all the Ideas at Work sections. You are welcome to suggest new organizations or collaborations related to the topics presented on North Dakota Compass. Provide the name of your organization, the region it serves, and a link to more information.

A Pile of New Data. 
Piles of new data on ND Compass this month. Browse the updated charts and make sure you check back often for the newest data available. 

Data updated in September/October 2020:

Save the Date!
Are you overwhelmed by the data and data tools around you? Do you want to understand your community, your customers, or your employee base? Are you looking for reliable data to support your grant applications or market research? North Dakota Compass will present a webinar on November 12th, about how to find and use reliable demographic and socio-economic data and how to find help for other data needs.

Save the date for now, more details will follow.

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