Eliminating Health Disparities
by Addressing the Social Determinants of Health

PLACE MATTERS  is a national initiative of the Joint Center for Political & Economic Studies designed to build the capacity of local leaders around the country to identify and improve social, economic, and environmental conditions that shape health. Our national learning community consists of 19 PLACE MATTERS teams working in 27 jurisdictions.

The objective of this initiative is to eliminate health disparities by identifying their complex underlying causes and defining strategies to address them. Addressing upstream causes of health (such as environmental health risks and issues related to employment, education, poverty, and housing) through community action, policy development, and measuring the indicators associated with these determinants of health are at the heart of our PLACE MATTERS work.