June 22, 2015

The Center on Society and Health has a subaward from the National Collaborative for Health Equity (NCHE) as part of a two-year grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to create a National Health Equity Index for analysis of health equity at the national, state, and local level. NCHE will work with the Center and the Texas Health Institute to create the Index, which will:

  • Assess conditions for health across seven domains - access to and quality of health care, education, the environment, income, employment, housing, and safety;
  • Document differences in these determinants of health by race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, geography, and, where possible, primary language;
  • Assess interrelationships among these domains, as well as with selected measures of population health, at the national level as well as in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, and explore local application in three test communities;
  • Building on these analyses, identify promising policy and systems change strategies and areas where inter-sectoral collaboration is likely to yield the greatest opportunities to advance health equity; and
  • Aggressively disseminate these findings to key stakeholders, to raise awareness of inequitable conditions for health and accelerate partnerships and action to improve them.

The Center will provide data and analytic expertise for the project. This initiative is designed to assess interrelationships across health determinants and promote collaboration across sectors. To support this effort, the Center will analyze data gathered in another RWJF-funded project, the Health of the States, and share this information with the Texas Health Institute for analysis in developing the National Health Equity Index.

The National Health Equity Index is expected to be released in 2016 and the State and Local Equity Indexes are expected to be released the following year.