CDC expands data available on chronic diseases at local level

Dec. 15, 2020

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced the expansion of the 500 Cities Project, a 2016 initiative to provide city- and neighborhood-level health estimates for a large portion of the nation’s population, the CDC said in a press release.

The CDC also renamed the project, which is now called PLACES, and provides population-level analysis and community estimates that show the prevalence of chronic diseases and the health impacts on underserved communities.

The CDC said PLACES is the first-of-its-kind effort to release local area health information covering the entire United States, including estimates for smaller cities and rural areas that were previously unavailable.

The project is a partnership between the CDC, the CDC Foundation, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

PLACES provides data estimates for 27 health measures for four U.S. geographic levels: counties, incorporated and census-designated places, census tracts, and zip codes. The chronic disease measures focus on health outcomes, unhealthy behaviors, and prevention practices that have a substantial impact on people’s health, the CDC said.

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