The Diagnosis

Exploring innovations in community health.

This project is supported by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Columbus Now Says 'Smart' Rides for Vulnerable Moms Are Coming

The city has revised the project portfolio of its $50 million “smart city” grant, weeks after a CityLab report spotlighted a fading commitment to address infant mortality.

How Rhode Island Is Using NaloxBox to Treat Overdoses Like Heart Attacks

Designers hope the overdose treatment will soon be as ubiquitous as fire extinguishers or defibrillators.

The Impacts of Segregation on Discrimination in America

A new nationwide poll shows that African Americans are more often feeling discrimination not in suburbs but in urban neighborhoods.

Who Wins When a City Gets Smart?

Last year, Columbus, Ohio, won a $50 million grant for high-tech transportation innovation, with a promise to help its most vulnerable families. Now some worry their needs are fading into the background.

How AI Could Slow the Spread of HIV

A pilot program in Los Angeles is testing a more scientific way to reach “influencers” who persuade and educate their peers.

Residents of a low-income, Washington, D.C., neighborhood walk near their area's only grocery store—a tiny, heavily gated structure.

What Makes an Unhealthy State

Socioeconomic conditions outrank all others factors in determining well-being.

A pediatrician uses a light to peer inside a young boy's mouth as she examines him at a free clinic for the poor and uninsured.

What Urban Doctors Need to Understand About Patients' Health

Poor health isn’t just a result of individual choice. A program at Washington University in St. Louis teaches first-year medical students how the city’s environment shapes well-being.

Gwendel Wilson

The Infrastructure of the Opioid Epidemic

On Boston’s “Methadone Mile,” the city’s opioid users cluster around a few-block-stretch, where they find some support, and a sweeping range of treatment services. They are also out of sight of the rest of the city.

Bug Hunt

What’s the link between poverty, disinvestment, and mosquitoes?

Why Are Teen Pregnancy Programs Getting Cut?

An Obama-era program to lower the teen birthrate, widely considered a success, is losing its funding, and public health officials demand to know why.

What This Salt Lake City Heatmap Tells Us About Drug Crime

The neighborhood's reputation is so bad that the county’s mayor recently went undercover as a homeless person.

How Louisville Is Using GPS to Control Asthma

The Kentucky metro has some of the worst air quality in the country. And it’s crowdsourcing a cure to help its large population of sufferers.

A child puffs on an inhaler in a living room

Why Residents of 'Black ZIP Codes' Can't Breathe

Your location determines your risk of asthma more than any other factor, new research finds