Group launches online ZIP code atlas of population health

A public health organization will launch an online database this fall that could help forecast the demand for health care services in specific locations for chronic conditions including diabetes, obesity, and HIV.

The National Minority Quality Forum has created the “ZIP Code Analysis Project” to collect data on disease activity among both general and minority populations by postal code.

The project already has a diabetes atlas online. The database shows differences in the prevalence of diabetes across a map of the U.S., as well as noticeable annual changes. This fall atlases will be available for cardiovascular disease, obesity, HIV and chronic kidney disease.

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