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New Area Deprivation Mapping Tool Now Available
 The University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health has created The Neighborhood Atlas, a new tool to help researchers visualize socioeconomic data at the community level. This online platform allows for easily ranking and mapping neighborhoods according to socioeconomic disadvantage. Seeing a neighborhood's socioeconomic measures, such as income, education, employment and housing quality, may provide clues to the effects of those factors on overall health, and could inform health resources policy and social interventions.  The project is funded by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) and the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), both part of the National Institutes of Health.

Where someone lives can determine several health-related factors, such as safety, stress and access to food. A person's neighborhood can influence many conditions, including cardiovascular disease and diabetes, which are disproportionately more common among racial and ethnic minorities and the socioeconomically disadvantaged.

The Neighborhood Atlas is built so that it can be merged with other data sources to foster better understanding of how neighborhood disadvantage impacts health. The Neighborhood Atlas and its data can be harnessed as a new way to advance disparities-focused research and could be used to improve translational, clinical, and community research by showing ways to aid design, recruitment, retention, and outreach.
Researchers, policy makers and front-line health and social service personnel can use the Neighborhood Atlas to study fundamental social-biological mechanisms of health and disease, develop or study the impact of health policy or better align resources. 

Visit the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine website to learn more and access The Neighborhood Atlas. 
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