Place Matters: The Intersection of Food and Health

As part of our work to show how factors outside of health care impact health, we are launching our “Place Matters” series. In these papers, we will identify successful evidence-based practices for improving health outcomes. Our second paper in this series, “Place Matters: Food and Health,” examines the connections between food access and health. We also offer a set of solutions for improving health by improving food security and access to healthy food. Our health is inextricably tied to where we live. Having access to healthy, …

Place Matters: The Intersection of Housing and Health

As part of our work to show how factors outside of health care impact health, we are launching our “Place Matters” series. In these papers, we will identify successful evidence-based practices for improving health outcomes and demonstrate how investing in healthy communities work can result in cost savings. Our first paper in this series, “Place Matters: The Intersection of Housing and Health,” examines the connections between housing and health. We also offer a set of solutions for improving health by investing in housing. This paper was …

Health Mapping Every ZIP Code in Arizona

Like many places across the country, Arizonans had a real “aha” moment when the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the VCU Center on Society and Health released their life expectancy map for the Phoenix metro area last year. Their study showed a 14-year difference in life expectancy for zip codes that are only a fifteen-minute drive apart. These maps have been excellent at capturing people’s interest and helping them to understand that place matters to health . At the Arizona Partnership for Healthy Communities, we’ve …