Long Beach

The City of Long Beach was recently named one of the top 10 Digital Cities by the Center for Digital Government and Government Technology and has been exploring ways to optimize government services through technology for some time now. The 2014 Fellows in Long Beach are using open data to improve health outcomes for the city's residents. Long Beach also boasts a burgeoning brigade.

the 2014 Fellows Long Beach Brigade

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Our City''s skilled workforce and active tech community are going to find new reasons to be energized as the Fellowship rolls out over the next several months. We can’t wait to get started.

Mayor Bob Foster

The 2014 Fellowship in Long Beach

The Fellowship team in Long Beach is working with the City to reduce avoidable utilization of emergency resources and improve health outcomes. They learned from their research that, as in a number of other cities, a small percentage of the population in Long Beach disproportionately uses emergency services. In 2013, 52 percent of emergency medical calls came from only 10 percent of addresses.

To reduce high frequency or "super-utilization" of emergency medical services, the Fellows are building tools to facilitate high-touch human interventions. By using meta-data to identify areas where there is a high concentration of calls to first responders, their app empowers the city to proactively direct intervention resources to where it will be most impactful. The team explain their work this way: "Technology alone is not the solution; an app to remind someone to take their medication wouldn’t be sufficient. These situations require a human being who can build a relationship and troubleshoot each individual case." Check out the Fellows' mid-year update to learn more.



Meet the team:

  • Rhys Fureigh

    Long Beach Team

    Fureigh is a web developer and online strategist who believes technology should be kind to humans. Recent projects have included Friendfactor, SXSW Interactive People’s Choice winner Americans Elect, and organizing Drupal skill-building meetups in New York. Fureigh studied sociology at Reed College...

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  • Molly McLeod

    Long Beach Team

    Molly is a graphic designer and media artist who has worked on board games, documentary films, and community murals. Most recently, she designed print and digital projects for federal public health agencies at CommunicateHealth. At Hampshire College, she designed an interdisciplinary concentration in…

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  • Daniel Getelman

    Long Beach Team

    Dan is a software developer and entrepreneur from New York City. He dropped out of school to co-found Lore, an education startup that sought to turn classrooms into online communities. He’s a recent grad from the Management and Technology Program at the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied ...

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City Team Leads: Becki Ames, Chief of Staff
Community Partners: Molina Foundation

Follow the fellows' progress on their blog Team Long Beach

Contribute to their app on Github.

Articles & video

  • Long Beach, Code for America Fellows - BETA

    Rhys Fureigh, Dan Getelman, and Molly McLeod talk more about their work in Long Beach, CA. ...

  • Public Saftey Communications

    Code for America Creates App to Map 9-1-1 Calls in Long Beach (Calif.) — Public Safety Communications

    Code for America is working on a project that uses big data to reduce emergency room calls in the California city of Long Beach. Rhys Fureigh, Molly McLeod, and Dan Getelman are the three Code for America 2014 ...

  • Venture Beat article

    Code for America is working on reducing ER calls in Long Beach using big data — VentureBeat

    Code for America is working on a project that uses big data to reduce emergency room calls in the California city of Long Beach. Rhys Fureigh, Molly McLeod, and Dan Getelman are the three Code for America 2014 ...

  • Huffington Post blog post

    Make the Safety Net Smarter — Huffington Post

    In order to live, we each need a few basic things: food, water, shelter. These are the fundamentals for individual health, and the foundation of a healthy society. Without them, little else -- whether it be education, invention, or civic duty -- can even begin to matter. ...

  • Long Beach Post article

    Meet Long Beach's Code For America Fellows, Who Will Help City Hack Tech For Public Health — Long Beach Post

    Dan Getelman is a New York software developer with his own education-technology startup. Rhys Fureigh is a web developer who studied sociology and once worked with the inventor of the Macintosh project. And Molly McLeod ...

  • Moline Foundation post

    The Molina Foundation Brings Computer Programing Instruction To Long Beach Middle School — The Molina Foundation

    The Molina Foundation, in partnership with Code for America and the City of Long Beach, brought computer programing instruction to students at Jessie Elwin Nelson Academy Middle School on Thursday, February 27, 2014. ...

  • Long Beach Post article

    Long Beach Named Code for America Partner Government for 2014 Fellowship – Long Beach Post

    Out of an applicant pool of more than 50 municipalities, Long Beach has been selected as one of the ten governments selected as 2014 partners for Code For America’s annual fellowship program, setting forth a year-long partnership where tech geeks invade civic operations to modernize the City while creating larger accessibility for its denizens.