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Webinar: New Healthy Places Index Available to Assess and Improve the Health of All California Communities

May 22, 2018

On June 14, PHI's Public Health Alliance of Southern California is launching the California Healthy Places Index (HPI)—a powerful new resource that offers actionable data and policy solutions for healthier community conditions statewide. The HPI has been intentionally designed to facilitate exploration of local conditions that predict life expectancy across the State of California, down to the census tract level.

The HPI provides user-friendly scores for each community and detailed data on specific policy action areas that shape our collective health, including economics, education, transportation, housing and more. Beyond data alone, the HPI also contains comprehensive policy guides with specific practical solutions and concrete actions jurisdictions can use to improve community conditions and health. 

“I’m so pleased to be offering this valuable and timely resource across California,” said Tracy Delaney, PhD, executive director of the Public Health Alliance of Southern California. “It is a thrill to see this incredibly rich Index roll out to people who will bring about important systems and policy changes that will assure healthy community conditions for all.”

The HPI is unlike other indices due to its correlation with life expectancy, built-in policy solutions and signature mapping features, which are highly interactive and customizable. The HPI map boasts robust features, allowing users to: view and compare HPI scores and community conditions across multiple geographies; prepare detailed reports with score dashboards, map snapshots, and policy actions; pool HPI data into custom geographies; and more.

“The wealth of data that HPI puts at people’s fingertips is extraordinary. From its well-researched asset-based frame of conditions that shape our health, to its depth of detail with granular data, to its accessibility of policy solutions, the Index should be the first stop for everyone working to improve health in California,” said PHI President & CEO Mary A. Pittman, DrPH.

To commemorate the official launch of the HPI, the Public Health Alliance of Southern California is hosting a live webinar introducing the Index and interactive mapping tool from 10:00-11:00am (PST) on Thursday, June 14, 2018. Register for the HPI launch event below, or visit http://healthyplacesindex.org/ for a recording of the webinar post-launch along with additional how-to materials.


The California Healthy Places Index Launch Webinar

Thursday, June 14, 2018
10:00am - 11:00am PT / 1:00pm - 2:00pm ET
Register here


Explore your community

The HPI provides overall scores and more detailed data on specific policy action areas that shape health, like housing, transportation, education and more.

You can access the beta version of the California Healthy Places Index interactive map to the right.