How healthy (or unhealthy) are Clevelanders?
In 2008, the City of Cleveland - Department of Public Health (CDPH) released new data about how chronic diseases—diabetes, asthma and obesity—impact Cleveland adults and youth. Data also include information about various behaviors that are known risk factors for these diseases, such as tobacco use, lack of physical activity and poor nutrition. This report was part of the Steps To A Healthier Cleveland program funded by the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Data were collected via 2005 and 2006 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Surveys (BRFSS) and the 2007 Youth Risk Behavior Surveys (YRBS), in partnership with the Case Western Reserve University and its Center for Health Promotion Research and Center for Adolescent Health , currently subsumed into the Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods.

More recently, CDPH has partnered with Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods and the Cuyahoga County Board of Health to produce a series of Neighborhood Briefs using the 2005-2009 BRFSS data. Combining multiple years of data permitted a deeper analysis to the neighborhood level. Seven clusters of neighborhoods were identified so that chronic disease prevalence could be determined by area, sex, race and age.

The neighborhood briefs report on:
This partnership between CDPH and the PRCHN continues today. Research on the causes of death among minority populations in Cleveland is expected by mid-2015.