Local Collaborations Implementing Upstream Solutions
The premise for structuring PLACE MATTERS Teams on a local level was to establish community-based leadership that could focus on specific social conditions tied to health. Counties and cities were selected based on data compiled and analyzed by the Joint Center. This data indicated that the regions chosen had specific percentages of minority populations, as well as significant indicators of poor health.
Members of the PLACE MATTERS Teams have been drawn from various sectors of society–including local government, public health organizations, business entities, educational systems, faith-based groups, and community-based organizations. 19 PLACE MATTERS teams work in 27 jurisdictions across the country.