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Local Data for Better Health: 500 Cities Project

To address the limited health data available at the county and metropolitan levels across the nation, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Foundation in partnership with the CDC and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has launched the 500 Cities Project.  The project identifies the 500 largest American cities and analyzes and reports data for a select number of chronic disease measures in each. The purpose is to track small area estimates for chronic disease risk factors, health outcomes, and clinical preventive service use for the largest cities in the United States thus, allowing cities and local health departments to better understand the burden and geographic distribution of health-related variables in their jurisdictions, and help them plan public health interventions.

The measures developed through this project will enable public health professionals, city officials, policymakers and researchers to retrieve and explore uniformly defined city-and census tract-level data. The data will focus on conditions, behaviors, and risk factors that have a substantial impact on public health.

The data will be available through a public, interactive website that will allow users to view, explore and download city-and tract-level data.  The website is scheduled to launch in the summer of 2017.  Learn more about the 500 Cites project here.