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Mortality Studies

Mortality Studies

An analysis of mortality trends in California, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, and Virginia, with a special focus on specific causes driving increases in mortality, the characteristics of places in which mortality is increasing, and stress-related conditions, such as deaths from suicide, drug overdoses, and cardiovascular disease.

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Life Expectancy in Northern Virginia

Life Expectancy in Northern Virginia

The health of residents in Northern Virginia is among the best in the United States, but it is not uniform. Arlington County, Fairfax County, Loudoun County, Prince William County, and the cities they surround were the focus of these reports and interactive maps examining differences in life expectancy and other sociodemographic factors in the region.

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Regional Health Indicator Project

A project, funded by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments' Region Forward initiative, to develop a Health Community Index, issue brief, technical report, and several maps for the Metro Washington region. 

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General Electric Project

General Electric

Work with General Electric involving an expert advisory panel to provide guidance on priority areas where the business community can achieve meaningful impact on community health and wellbeing.

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Community Vital Signs

Community Vital Signs

A proof-of-concept pilot at 12 primary care practices in Fairfax, VA to integrate clinical and population-level data so that family physicians may identify patients who reside in disadvantaged communities and document how this knowledge influences their care of these patients. 

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Community Conversations

Community Conversations

An effort to collect community-level data through multiple “community conversations” in the city of Richmond, VA in order to better understand civic engagement and volunteering at the local level.

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The Health of the States

The Health of the States

A collaboration with the Urban Institute, the project is a detailed analysis comparing states on dozens of health measures and examining connections between 39 health outcomes and 123 drivers of health across five domains: health systems, health behaviors, socioeconomic conditions, the environment, and public policies and spending. Findings were published in a series of reports.

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Mapping Life Expectancy

Mapping Life Expectancy

Media-friendly maps depicting dramatic differences in life expectancy across small distances in U.S. cities and rural areas. Building on an earlier set of five maps released for the RWJF Commission to Build a Healthier America, the Center produced maps for 21 additional cities and rural areas across the country, including New York City; Richmond, VA; Chicago; Philadelphia; Tulsa, OK; and Detroit. Maps were released throughout 2015 and 2016.

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Richmond Health Equity Report

Richmond Health Equity Report

A report examining social determinants of health in metropolitan Richmond, utilizing data from a variety of sources, and including findings from research conducted by Engaging Richmond. The report was released in April, 2016.

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Strengthening Early Childhood Programming in Richmond

Strengthening Early Childhood Programming in Richmond

A project, led by the City of Richmond, Office of Community Wealth Building, to support continued work toward a stronger system of early childhood development and education in Richmond. The VCU Center on Society and Health, in partnership with Engaging Richmond, will provide community-engaged research support to guide policymakers in decisions affecting Richmond's overall system of early childhood development.

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Health Opportunity and Equity Project (HOPE)

Health Opportunity and Equity Project (HOPE)

A project, led by the National Collaborative for Health Equity, to develop a health equity index at the national, state, and local level. As part of this project, the Center is providing data and research support for the Texas Health Institute.

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San Diego Big Data Demonstration Project

San Diego Big Data Demonstration Project

An initiative to test how the application of computational modeling to large data sets (“big data”) can support public health and social policy in San Diego, California and explore whether decisions made by the community can benefit from advanced methods in the display, analysis, and modeling of local data spanning health care, public health, social service, the environment, and other domains.

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Income and Health Initiative

Income and Health Initiative

A series of issue briefs and an interactive online visual tool on the relationship between income, wealth, and health designed to unpack this complex relationship and offer evidence-based policy recommendations. A collaboration with the Urban Institute.

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Informed Neighbors Corps

Informed Neighbors Corps

A group of community leaders and residents at a local public housing development working to promote a transparent and resident-centered redevelopment of public housing in the Church Hill North area of Richmond, Virginia.

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Northside Parental Engagement Study

Northside Parental Engagement Study

Qualitative study to identify priorities for middle school students during out-of-school time and make recommendations for continued parental engagement in the study school and Richmond Public Schools.

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The Connecting the Dots Initiative

The Connecting the Dots Initiative

A research and outreach effort to raise awareness among leaders in government and the private sector about the important connections between health and social factors such as education, income, neighborhood, and community. 

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Health Impact Assessment: Implications of Reduced Food Stamp Eligibility

Health Impact Assessment: Implications of Reduced Food Stamp Eligibility

A rapid-cycle assessment prepared for Congress as it deliberated reauthorization of the 2013 Farm Bill and the health consequences of weakening the SNAP program. The report provides estimates of potential effects of legislative proposal on mortality and the cost of diabetes care in the United States as a result of the proposed legislation.

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educationhealth

Education and Health Initiative

A research and outreach effort to raise awareness about the association between education and health among policymakers and stakeholders in national, state, and local settings. Related resources include issue briefs, videos, and online data about the health and economic implications of educational attainment.

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The California Poverty Study

The California Poverty Study

A mixed-methods study to understand “outlier” census tracts in California, communities with higher life expectancy than would be predicted based on their poverty rate and other social conditions (e.g., poverty) present in the area, and explain those factors which may contribute to the unexpectedly positive outcomes. The goal is to identify community assets that enhance population health.

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Richmond Community Needs Assessment

Richmond Community Needs Assessment

An assessment of community priorities in the East End of Richmond, Virginia, conducted by the Engaging Richmond team and Richmond Promise Neighborhood using community-based participatory research (CBPR) methods, conducted an assessment to identify and address community priorities in Richmond's East End.

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Engaging Richmond

Engaging Richmond

A community-academic partnership based in Richmond's East End, employing mixed methods research to explore the social and environmental factors that influence health. 

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County Health Calculator

County Health Calculator

An online simulation tool released in 2011 to explore how health is associated with education and income, and other social determinants of health. By manipulating a slider bar, the user can examine how mortality and the rates and costs of diabetes would be affected if more favorable socioeconomic conditions existed.

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Place Matters

Place Matters

A series of reports examining the relationship between place and health in eight communities across the United States. Completed in 2011, the reports examined how health is influenced by demographic, social, and economic conditions of importance to each community.

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Project on Societal Distress

Project on Societal Distress

The Center's flagship project, completed in 2011. An initiative that documented the prevalence of societal distress in the United States across five domains: food security, housing, health, education, and income. Data on the United States and three states—Michigan, Mississippi, and New Mexico—are provided.

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Education and Health Calculator

Education and Health Calculator

An interactive online tool to estimate how many deaths would be averted if states or counties had higher education rates. Funded in 2007 as part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Commission to Build a Healthier America.

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