Our Mission: Mobilize the transformative power of local public health for enduring health equity
Use the California Healthy Places Index to help identify Quartile 1 neighborhoods, understand your communities, and inform your program design.
By the end of this session, you will be able to:
Everyone should have a fair and just opportunity to achieve good health and well-being.
Our health is shaped by community conditions, which in turn are influenced by policy decisions, including those that reflect institutional and structural racism.
The Healthy Places Index is a tool that measures the impact of community conditions on population health and provides recommendations for policy action, all using a positive, asset-based frame.
You can use the HPI to:
✨ Understand your communities
✨ Identify opportunities to improve community conditions
✨ Prioritize neighborhoods, resources, and inform program design to reduce health disparities
Both race and place must be recognized and understood to implement lasting systems change
By providing detailed data on both community conditions and race/ethnicity, the HPI map platform enables you to:
The HPI has become the go-to data tool to identify and respond to community needs in ways that keep growing and evolving, such as:
Over $2.3 billion has been directed toward community investments including $272 million of COVID-19 assistance to neighborhoods hit the hardest during the pandemic.
The HPI comprises 3 major components:
summarizes data on community conditions at the neighborhood level
supports moving data into action by providing policy recommendations
brings together the Index, Policy Action Guides, and important data on community context, like measures of racial justice and health equity
The HPI is a powerful tool for advancing health equity when you know how to access all of the information the 3 HPI components provide.
Combines 23 community characteristics, like access to healthcare, housing, education, and more, into a single indexed HPI score. The healthier a community, the higher the HPI score.
Move data into action, by exploring policy opportunities to improve community conditions.
Evidence-based policy recommendations for each HPI indicator, and some additional decision support layers.
Let's browse the Homeownership Policy Guide:
Where the HPI, map, policy guides, and more live.
All of the measures on our map, including the HPI score, are expressed as a value with a percentile rank. When you click on a neighborhood, you'll be shown something like this:
Employed: 79.7 percentile
Employed is the indicator.
79.7 percentile is the percentile rank of the Employed indicator in this neighborhood. It describes how this neighborhood compares to all other neighborhoods on the Employed indicator.
We can say that this neighborhood ranks higher on the Employed indicator than 79.7% of other neighborhoods. Conversely, it ranks lower than 20.3% of other neighborhoods.
80.2% is the value of the Employed indicator in this neighborhood. It means that 80.2% of the working-age population has a job.
A value is the numerical measure of an attribute or characteristic. It can be used to compare against a specific standard or target.
The percentile rank is how the value compares to all other values of that indicator or measure, scaled 0 - 100.
In the Healthy Places Index, we divide percentile ranks into 4 quartiles:
Communities in HPI Quartile 1 (0th - 25th percentile) have the least healthy community conditions.
Communities in HPI Quartile 4 (75th - 100th percentile) have the most health-supportive community conditions.
Let's work with our communities and use the Healthy Places Index to bring the right resources to the neighborhoods that need it most.
Learn more about how to use the HPI map tool features by exploring the recorded demos below. For each map tool feature, see a brief description of what it does, an example of how it may be used, and step-by-step instructions.
For more detailed tutorials, check out the HPI map tutorial videos on our website (linked here Untitled)
A professor wants to educate medical students on the social determinants of health and their impact on health among communities in California.
The director of the Stanislaus County Economic Development Unit is presenting policy change recommendations before the Modesto City Council to expand benefits to local small businesses impacted by the pandemic.
Note: You can view the guides in more detail at our new policy guide website!
A nonprofit serving Trinity and Humboldt Counties is applying for a grant to expand their education work. The development manager wants to analyze 3rd grade math proficiency data to discuss educational outcomes in this region to include in the grant application.
A county health department wants to see the breakdown of HPI scores amongst their county alone.
You have a grant application that covers 5 census tracts in which you would like to report aggregated data.
You want to limit geographic results to only populations that are below 50% Median Household income in San Diego.
Oakland Unified School District wants to conduct neighborhood-specific outreach to families to increase attendance and rates of enrollment. The district wants to use HPI data to create culturally responsive, in-language materials as well as identifying key messengers for each community.
The California Community Foundation is looking to expand and revise the priorities of its economic development portfolio. The economic development program officer wanted to look at differences in per capita income by race/ethnicity to determine where they should prioritize resources first.
Access our interactive map, HPI policy guides, and get answers to your frequently asked questions:
→ California Healthy Places Index
→ Healthy Places Index Policy Guides
Helen Dowling, MPH (she/her)
Director of Data Initiatives