Community leaders and health advocates often get frustrated because they have insufficient or overly broad data. The 500 Cities project by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), CDC Foundation and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides a powerful tool for public officials, city planners, nonprofits, advocates or anyone else who wants to better target their health improvement efforts. 500 Cities data provide an easy-to-use picture of unhealthy behaviors, health outcomes and use of preventive services at a level of detail not available before for the nation’s 500 largest cities, including nine New Jersey communities. Among the nine New Jersey cities are six NJHI-supported communities: Camden, Elizabeth, Jersey City, Newark, Paterson and Trenton.
These 500 cities represent a third of the total U.S. population. The interactive maps provide the ability to see where chronic conditions overlap, neighborhood by neighborhood. This allows communities to gain an additional perspective on how specific areas fare on measures such as smoking, obesity, mammogram and cholesterol screening rates and other factors that determine health.
Access the 500 Cities data here