Advancing the Science and Practice of Place-Based Intervention

Articles | February 19 2016

Current interest in the role of “place” stems from significant evidence on the social determinants of health. Authoritative bodies such as the World Health Organization and the National Academy of Medicine have asserted that health and well-being are intimately connected to education, housing, and employment opportunities; social relationships and community networks; physical and social features of community life; and local and national policies.

Yet, many public health efforts continue to target individuals; our approaches to prevention are still “catching up” with evidence on the social determinants of health. We are at the beginning of building the science base on how to move upstream in improving population health.  New research is needed to guide upstream approaches, including place-based interventions that address contextual factors that contribute to major health problems and health inequities.  (Read more here)