Health equity is achieved when every person has the opportunity to “attain his or her full health potential.” The determinants of health equity are factors in the social environment that contribute or detract from the health of individuals and communities.
These factors include, but are not limited to:
- socioeconomic status,
- access to services and,
- discrimination by social grouping (race, gender or class).
The local economy of a community is an important factor for many of these determinants and Community Commons provides tools for delving into the economic health of your city or area.
Creating a Topic-based Report
A good place to start is by creating an Economic Indicator Report. That is as simple as visiting our Topic Based Report area, logging into the Commons, and choosing the report you want to see.
- After making your report choice, enter the state or county(s) you want to examine or choose to create a custom area that allows you to draw around a location outside of traditional boundaries, such as a bi-state area.
- The report then automatically generates and includes such factors as households with public assistance income, high school graduation rate, unemployment rate, and uninsured population. Each individual factor has its own data visualizations such as a dashboard dial, map, or chart as seen in the examples below.
- You can then save or share the report as a PDF or in a Word document format that is customizable so you can include all or parts of it in your own reports and presentations.
Creating maps in our Map Room is just as easy. Simply browse by topic then use the drop down menus to see the economic data available on the Commons. Then it is just a matter of choosing one or more data sets to create a map that you can zoom to your own location.
- Multiple data layers can be added to a map so that you can compare situations and look for connections that could lead to community improvements.
- With thousands of data layers available on Community Commons, there are a multitude of ways to explore the local economy in your area of choice.
Target Your Intervention Areas
Vulnerable populations are identified as those people most at risk for health issues and premature death. In recent years, researchers have identified that educational attainment and poverty are the two factors that can have the most influence when it comes to improving health. Our Priority Intervention Area Tool helps you easily identify the areas of your community where vulnerable populations live so that you can effectively plan your improvement work.
Community Commons offers a wide variety of support when using these tools to explore your local economy. Visit our Support page for videos, step-by-step guides and FAQs. Click on the Map Help button in the top right of the map creation pages to get instant access to short videos. You can also contact us with your specific questions.