New Tool: Mapping Racial and Ethnic Inequities in Health and Opportunity

A new interactive mapping tool, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, allows users to view and compare data on a range of indicators for each state and for six racial and ethnic groups. The tool uses data aggregated by the Health Opportunity and Equity (HOPE) Initiative.

According to their website, HOPE “provides an interactive data tool designed to help states and the country move beyond measuring disparities to spurring action toward health equity” using 27 indicators of health and well-being. HOPE is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), and led by the National Collaborative for Health Equity and Texas Health Institute in partnership with Virginia Commonwealth University’s Center on Society and Health.

The mapping tool has ten indicators:

  • Access to primary care
  • Adult health status
  • Affordable health care
  • Affordable housing
  • Food security
  • Health insurance coverage
  • Infant mortality
  • Livable income
  • Low poverty concentration
  • Premature mortality

Users can select one or all racial/ethnic groups and view state or regional data in a graphic format.

View the Mapping Tool