Where you live matters to your health. In some cities, neighborhoods just a few miles apart experience vastly different health conditions. Neighboring communities are seeing huge differences in the prevalence of unhealthy behaviors, leading to chronic conditions and disparate health outcomes. There is a need for data to pinpoint health trends on a much smaller scale and implement solid solutions.

In collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and CDC Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation supports the 500 Cities Project, a new starting place for understanding health in your community. This project uses small area estimation methods to provide data on nearly 30 health indicators and some of the most costly and preventable chronic diseases at the census-tract-level.

How will you translate, innovate and advocate for your community with the #500Cities data to build a Culture of Health?

The #500Cities health data set—available in an interactive application beginning March 2, 2017—represents more than one-third of the U.S. population and could identify key or emerging health problems to help build a Culture of Health in America. Our vision is that this data will help researchers, practitioners, and policymakers identify issues and encourage collaboration on solutions that will promote more opportunities for better health.