Place Matters

Under a subaward from a National Institutes of Health grant to the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, the VCU Center on Society and Health (formerly the Center on Human Needs) was funded in 2010 to study the role of place in explaining health disparities.  Studies were conducted in eight communities participating in the Place Matters project.  Place Matters is an initiative of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies intended to improve the health of participating communities by addressing social conditions that lead to poor health.  The reports produced by the Center examine how health is influenced by demographic, social and economic conditions of importance to each community.  The linkages between health and living conditions are examined through statistical relationships and geospatial information system mapping of geographic disparities within the community.  The project was conducted in collaboration with the Virginia Network for Geospatial Health Research.  Reports were developed for the following eight locations:

Oakland (Alameda County), California: Neighborhood-Level Determinants of Life Expectancy in Oakland, CA

 

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 Difference in life expectancy by census tract: 24 years

City of Baltimore, Maryland:  Neighborhood Characteristics and Health in Baltimore City, Maryland

 

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 Difference in life expectancy by census tract: 30 years

Albuquerque (Bernalillo County), New Mexico:  Community Risk Factors, Environmental Justice and Health Inequities in Bernalillo County, New Mexico

 

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 Difference in life expectancy by census tract: 22 years

City of Boston, Massachusetts:  Social Capital and Health Outcomes in Boston

 

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 Difference in life expectancy by census tract: 33 years

Chicago (Cook County), Illinois: Food Access and Health in Cook County, Illinois

 

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 Difference in life expectancy by census tract: 18 years

New Orleans (Orleans Parish), Louisiana:  Social Determinants of Health and Crime in Post-Katrina Orleans Parish

 

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 Difference in life expectancy by zip code:  25 years

San Joaquin Valley, California:  Community Risk Factors for Mortality and Exposure to Environmental Hazards in the San Joaquin Valley

 

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 Difference in life expectancy by zip code: 20 years

South Delta, Mississippi:  Access to Food Providers and Recreational Facilities in South Delta, Mississippi and its Relationship to Health

 

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 Difference in life expectancy by county: 10 years
 

All maps created by the Virginia Network for Geospatial Health Research

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