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Last updated 1/5/2023
It is generally understood that environmental characteristics of neighborhoods impact residents’ healthy eating, active living, and health. Within the Kansas City region, environmental health disparities have been recognized and efforts are occurring to reduce the burden of these disparities. However, there is limited local data for informing data-driven decisions that impact individual communities in the region.
To support stakeholders in community planning and development efforts, this Atlas compiles neighborhood sociodemographic, food access, walkability, and park access information, and integrates this information with childhood obesity data that are made available at the census tract level across the 6-county region. The data show that children in the region are less likely to have obesity if they live in a neighborhood that has high walkability, high park access, and/or a moderate-to-low rate of poverty. Specific communities are highlighted based on combinations of these risk factors.
This link between neighborhoods and health emphasizes the important impact city planning and development departments and parks departments have in shaping the health of our communities. Recommendations for supporting improvements in these neighborhood factors are provided, including considerations for neighborhood poverty when addressing neighborhood built environment characteristics such as walkability. Multiple sectors must work together and strive for ambitious community transformations to combat the existing environmental health disparities in the region.
Download Atlas Data
The data used in this Atlas is available for download using the link below. To link data to specific census tracts of interest, users should reference the guidance provided in the data dictionary. All patient information has been de-identified.
Access the Data Dashboard
Learn more about Kansas City region neighborhoods by accessing the Neighborhood Environments and Childhood Obesity Dashboard using the link below. Through this dashboard, users can explore the 6-county Kansas City region or input specific addresses or places of interest to interact with. Dashboard users can identify specific census tracts to find out about the following topics: census tract name, number of parks, walkability score, healthy food access, rate of childhood obesity, and socioeconomic characteristics.*
*Racial and ethnic characteristics are reported using the same methods illustrated in Chapter 2 of the Atlas.
Center for Children’s Healthy Lifestyles & Nutrition. (2022). The 2022 Atlas on Neighborhood Environments and Childhood Obesity in the Kansas City Region. Available at: www.ciparesearchteam.org/2022atlas
This project was made possible by support from the Enid and Crosby Kemper Foundation, UMB Bank, n.a., trustee.