The Diagnosis

Exploring innovations in community health.

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

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