The 500 Cities Project: Local data for better health

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, CDC Foundation and CDC launch national project

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Dec 06, 2016


Kansas Health Institute


The 500 Cities Project was launched through a partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, CDC Foundation and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 2015. The purpose of this project is to identify, analyze, and report city and census tract-level data, obtained using small area estimation methods, for a select number of chronic disease measures for the 500 largest American cities. Measures include unhealthy behaviors (e.g., current smoking), health outcomes (e.g., coronary heart disease, diabetes, etc.), and prevention (e.g., health insurance coverage, cholesterol screening, etc.). The data will be available through a public, interactive “500 Cities” website that will allow users to view, explore, and download city- and tract-level data.

Six Kansas cities were analyzed for this project.

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The Kansas Health Institute supports effective policymaking through nonpartisan research, education and engagement. KHI believes evidence-based information, objective analysis and civil dialogue enable policy leaders to be champions for a healthier Kansas. Established in 1995 with a multiyear grant from the Kansas Health Foundation, KHI is a nonprofit, nonpartisan educational organization based in Topeka.

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