UCSF resources for researchers interested in place and health: 
  • The UCSF DREAM Lab (Disparities Research: Environments And oMics) is a multidisciplinary research team that studies and addresses health disparities at the population level. With a multilevel approach to investigate health disparities, the team is pioneering methods to meaningfully integrate UCSF’s geocoded clinical data with place-based information that characterize neighborhoods—including socio-economic status, green space, walkability, housing, and more, available from the California Neighborhoods Data System
  • ArcGIS is a powerful mapping and spatial analysis software. More information can be found on the UCSF Geospatial website.
  • Tableau is data visualization software that can be used to analyze data and gain insights. More information can be found on the UCSF Tableau Self-service Analytics Program website.

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Additional resources:
  • The US Census and the American Community Survey provide nationwide population and housing information.
  • The California Health Interview Survey (CHIS) Neighborhood Edition is an online health query system that allows you to quickly search for health statistics on your county, region, and state. 
  • PLACES is a collaboration between CDC, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the CDC Foundation. PLACES provides model-based, population-level analysis and community estimates of health measures to all counties, places (incorporated and census designated places), census tracts, and ZIP Code Tabulation Areas (ZCTAs) across the United States.
  • CalEnviroScreen is a mapping tool that helps identify California communities that are most affected by many sources of pollution. CalEnviroScreen ranks census tracts in California based on potential exposures to pollutants, adverse environmental conditions, socioeconomic factors and the prevalence of certain health conditions.