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Place-Based Interventions Address Health Disparities in Communities

Place-Based Interventions Address Health Disparities in Communities   

The April 2016 issue of the American Journal of Public Health features commentary from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities. “Addressing Health Disparities Is a Place-Based Issue,” an editorial by Irene Dankwa-Mullan, M.D., M.P.H., Acting Deputy Director of the Division of Extramural Scientific Programs, and Eliseo Pérez-Stable, M.D., NIMHD Director, describes evidence-based strategies and approaches for implementing place-based interventions to address health disparities and improve population health. Environmental factors play a critical role in health disparities. Place-based interventions are an emerging area of research that involve the community and stakeholders working together to improve community conditions that can affect health outcomes.