New “PLACES” website provides U.S. data to help inform better health decisions
A new online research option has been created by the CDC, giving people a birds eye view of chronic disease and behaviors on all levels, including state, local and even neighborhood level.
ATLANTA — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in coordination with the CDC Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is out with a new tool – called PLACES – that provides hyper-localized health data.
Karen Hacker, MD, MPH, Director, CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion and George Hobor, PhD, Senior Program Officer, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, says, “First of all I think it’s interesting to explore and to see the variation in any given jurisdictions, you can look at for your own community, what is the rates of hypertension here, what the rates of diabetes, you know, what’s going on with physical activity and smoking but you can also scrolling the next community right near by and then you can look at other areas of your state- you can look at the state next door.”
Hackers says, “I think it helps you to really begin to understand the depth and breath of what is going on in the community. We know that place makes a big difference in people’s health.”
“I think because of COVID-19, which has really shown such a stark light on chronic disease because it is such a risk factor for severe COVID illness, you know I think this could also be used for where you are going to do you vaccines and maybe where you are doing you testing,” says Hacker.
Hacker adds, “I think the individual could be advocating for change, they could be using this information as far a decision making, and then I think it is just out of curiosity, it’s just fascinating to be able to understand this.”
Click here to access the PLACES website.