California Healthy Places Index Map

Everyone should have the opportunity to be healthy. One's health is shaped dramatically by community characteristics - like housing, education, economic, and other social factors – which often are themselves shaped through policy. The results shown below can be used to explore, identify and strategize pathways to improve healthy community conditions. The California Healthy Places Index (HPI) combines 25 community characteristics into a single indexed HPI Score correlated to life expectancy at birth. Individual HPI indicators are available for a deeper look at community conditions impacting health. The scores are displayed in quartiles, allowing for straightforward comparisons within a specific geography and across the state.

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Author Public Health Alliance of Southern California
Last Updated February 3, 2022, 19:12 (UTC)
Created March 9, 2021, 03:52 (UTC)
Additional Info The health of Californians is shaped dramatically by “non-health” policies and community characteristics, such as housing, education, economic, and social factors. The California Healthy Places Index (HPI) is a powerful new tool, developed by the Public Health Alliance of Southern California (Alliance) in partnership with the Virginia Commonwealth University’s Center on Society and Health, that can be used to explore and change those community conditions that predict life expectancy. The purpose of the HPI is to prioritize public and private investments, resources and programs. The HPI combines 25 community characteristics into a single indexed HPI score. HPI scores for each census tract can be compared across the state to paint an overall picture of health and well-being in each neighborhood in California, with light and dark green areas indicating places with healthier community conditions compared to places symbolized in light and dark blue.
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Geographic Coverage California
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Language English
Program Public Health Alliance of Sourthern California
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Years of Data 2018