• Melissa Rosales

Interaction Story

Updated: Nov 25, 2019

For my group's final project we wanted to analyze the healthcare services offered in Boston. Specifically, if these services offer mental health and alcoholism and substance abuse treatment services. Through the initial dataset we cleaned the data to just focus on Boston neighborhoods and the two types of services we wanted. From there we removed any N/A answers then changed the data to numbers. 0 = No, 1 = Yes. We also removed speech, sports medicine, and dental clinics.

The numbers definitely show an interaction story here. The two pieces of data that interact are the healthcare facilities that do or do not offer mental health services and healthcare facilities that do or do not offer alcoholism and substance abuse treatment services.

The interaction is that there are more mental health services provided (130) but most clinics don't provide alcoholism and substance abuse treatment services (108). The numbers are very close in that as healthcare services provide mental health services, the treatment services decline. Furthermore, there is an opposite interaction when as mental health services are not provided, there is an increase in treatment services provided.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, many individuals who develop substance use disorders are also diagnosed with mental disorders, and vice versa. Multiple national population surveys have found that about half of those who experience a mental illness during their lives will also experience a substance use disorder and vice versa. Clearly, there is a link between mental health issues and substance abuse disorders. We want to tell this story because with the growing rate of addiction and overdoses, only treatment and access to care can lower the numbers. It's important for us to find out why there's only 14 healthcare facilities that offer both and why certain facilities do not offer one of the other or both. We will also look at the locations of where these services are offered and see if there is a correlation between the services offered and neighborhoods that are at high risk of substance abuses or overdose deaths.