How to Engage Your Community with Health Data: Hosting a 500 Cities Event

Report by Corianne Scally, Kathryn L.S. Pettit
May 2017

Urban Institute   (NNIP Coordinator)

Forthcoming, Late May 2017

In December 2016, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the CDC Foundation hosted a conference in Dallas, Texas on the release of the 500 Cities dataset - estimates of adult chronic disease, unhealthy behaviors, and preventive care for census tracts in 500 of the largest American cities. By organizing local events introducing the 500 Cities data, neighborhood and city stakeholders can engage diverse audiences and generate ideas for using the data to advance health. The guide discusses potential event goals, formats, and participants, and suggests other complementary data and community action resources.