142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition

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Place Matters for Health in New Orleans: Ensuring Opportunities for Good Health for All

142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition (November 15 - November 19, 2014): http://www.apha.org/events-and-meetings/annual
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 : 9:30 AM - 9:50 AM

Yvette Wing, MPH , Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, Baton Rouge, LA
Patrick Keen, D.Min , National Collaborative for Health Equity, Orleans Parish Place Matters, Washington, DC
Autumn Saxton-Ross, PhD , Health Policy Institute, The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, Washington, DC
Jermane Bond, PhD , Health Policy Institute, Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, Washimgton, DC

PLACE MATTERS for health in important ways, according to a growing body of research. Differences in neighborhood conditions powerfully predict who is healthy, who is sick, and who lives longer. And because of patterns of residential segregation, these differences are the fundamental causes of health inequities among different racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups.


The Place Matters (PM) initiative of the of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, Health Policy Institute (HPI) conducted a locally-tailored Community Health Equity report (CHER) assessing population health inequities and related social and economic conditions in New Orleans, LA. PM is a national learning laboratory providing opportunities and strategies to address social determinants of health through research, community capacity-building and policy engagement.  


Orleans Parish (New Orleans), Louisiana found a 25.5 year disparity in life expectancy between zip codes with a low of 54.5 years in zip code 70112.


Using a community-based participatory research model, PM teams are identifying priority health concerns of low-income communities and communities of color (e.g., infant mortality, childhood obesity, youth violence) and are developing interventions that work “upstream” to address underlying social and economic conditions that shape these health outcomes.  

Learning Areas:

Other professions or practice related to public health
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines
Public health or related public policy
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
Identify indicators of health status and community conditions; Assess potential relationships between social and economic conditions and community health status to inform policy and to broaden understanding of the interconnections between local social environment and health disparities; Provide an evidence-based strategy for identifying areas of extreme distress and tracking progress over time in addressing health disparities and socioeconomic wellbeing.

Keyword(s): Community-Based Partnership & Collaboration, Public Health Policy

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: As a founding member of the Orleans Parish PLACE MATTERS team, and current team lead, I have been with the project since its inception and currently oversee the day to day operations of the initiative.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.