CDC expands, rebrands urban health initiative

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently announced it has expanded its 500 Cities Project and rebranded it Population Level Analysis and Community Estimates (PLACES).

The 2016 initiative provides city- and neighborhood-level health estimates to show the prevalence of chronic diseases and their impact on communities. It has been expanded to include the entire country.

Insights gleaned from PLACES will allow community organizations and local and state health departments to better target resources; identify emerging health problems and priority health risk behaviors; identify health inequity; understand geographic health-related issues; and target prevention activities, programs, and policies.

“PLACES is truly a game-changer,” CDC Director Robert R. Redfield said. “As our nation faces an unprecedented health crisis, it is more important than ever to have health information at the local level to help inform decision making. For the first time, we have a wide variety of health data for all smaller cities and rural areas.”

PLACES examines counties, incorporated and census-designated places, census tracts, and zip codes and provides data estimates for 27 health measures, including unhealthy behaviors, health outcomes, and prevention practices that substantially impact people’s health.

The information is available to the public through the PLACES website. The interactive website allows users to view and download data.

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