COVID-19 HPI Resource Map on the California Healthy Places Index (HPI) platform, to support local response efforts and inform equitable resource allocation, program planning, and service delivery.

To support the efforts of local leaders, schools, government agencies, foundations, and neighborhood organizers during this crisis, and to ensure resources are being directed toward communities which have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic, we launched an interactive update to our established platform: the Healthy Places Index (HPI).

The COVID-19 HPI Resource Map was created to support local response efforts and inform equitable resource allocation, program planning, and service delivery throughout the pandemic.

As soon as it was available, we began collecting and publishing COVID-19 mortality data by race/ethnicity in jurisdictions across California. This was key to communicating the equity implications of the pandemic and helped focus outreach in neighborhoods with inequitable exposure rates. We remain the only publicly available source of this information.

Today, we’ve curated 48 unique COVID-19-related indicators, organized into six categories, to support your organization’s COVID-19 response strategies. Categories include: COVID-19 vulnerable populations, COVID-19 associated health risk factors, healthcare infrastructure, as well as socioeconomic and community conditions. With our latest update, you can explore vital conditions linked to life expectancy across California with up-to-date COVID-19 data, including county-level death rates by race/ethnicity (where available).

We believe a healthier, more just California is possible when we strive for community-first priorities. We encourage you to explore the COVID-19 Resource Map alongside the HPI to help inform a healthy and equitable recovery.

COVID-19 Healthy Places Index Indicators

Comulative County COVID-19 Counts

  • COVID-19 cases
  • COVID-19 Deaths and Death Rate by Race/Ethnicity

COVID-19 Vulnerable Populations

  • Six indicators describing elderly populations, including Seniors with Disabilities, Seniors Living Alone, Linguistically Isolated Seniors, and Seniors in Poverty
  • Other populations at high risk, such as Outdoor Workers, the Chronically Disabled, and Students Eligible for Free & Reduced Meal Programs

COVID-19 Associated Health Risk Factors

  • Population distribution of chronic conditions like High Blood Pressure, Asthma, Coronary Heart Disease, Diabetes, Obesity, Chronic Kidney Disease, and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
  • Population distribution of health risk behaviors, such as Smoking and Poor Physical Health

healthcare Infrastruture

  • Hospital Beds per Capita
  • Medically Underserved Areas
  • Health Professional Shortage Areas

Socioeconomic & community conditions

  • Adults with Health Insurance
  • Measures of Housing Security (Habitability, Crowded, and Cost Burden)
  • Income, Poverty, and Unemployment
  • Pollution (PM 2.5)
  • Active Commuting
  • Park and Supermarket Access

Race / ethnicity

  • Asian
  • Black
  • Latino
  • Two or more races
  • American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • Some other races
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • White

COVID-19 HPI Resource Map in Action

There are many ways you can use the COVID-19 HPI Resource Map

Here are two examples

1 - Identifying food insecure communities by census tract

The map can assist you in developing and nuancing interventions for neighborhoods where children and families are more likely to experience food insecurity. For example, using the Students Eligible for Free & Reduced Meal Program indicator, counties can determine –at the census tract level– areas of their community that might be the most in need of focused food assistance during the pandemic and other disaster events.

2 - Identifying higher-risk populations by census tract

The COVID-19 HPI Map helps design interventions for individuals and communities most vulnerable to the negative health impacts of COVID-19. Using the COVID-19 Vulnerable Populations tab, you can map and easily visualize indicators like older adults with disabilities, people who are disabled, linguistically isolated older adults, outdoor workers, and more. Using the rank function, you can then identify the census tracts with the highest proportion of these special populations.

COVID-19 Equity Implications

As more demographic and qualitative data become available, we increasingly see how the COVID-19 crisis disproportionately impacts low-income neighborhoods and Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color (BIPOC) communities. This crisis has exacerbated existing health disparities and created new inequities with which to contend. Our health outcomes are tied together. We must address the structural racism and systemic disinvestment that consistently puts BIPOC and low-income communities at greater COVID-19 risk. TheHPI COVID-19 Resource Map is one tool to help bridge the health equity gap and center community priorities to co-create a path toward recovery.

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