[vc_row][vc_column animation=”none” column_padding=”no-extra-padding” background_color_opacity=”1″][vc_column_text]National Minority Health Month reminds us that not only is our health determined by where we live, work, learn and play but also by our race and ethnicity. The recently updated Child Opportunity Index shows that a disproportionately high percentage of minority children are living in neighborhood settings unconducive to optimal child development. An interactive tool developed by the Brandeis University’s Heller School of Social Policy and Management and the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, the Child Opportunity Index examines the extent of racial/ethnic disparity according to neighborhood conditions and resources.
A November 2014 Health Affairs article reported that, according to the Index, 40 percent of black and Hispanic children were living in “low-opportunity neighborhoods” as compared to the nine percent of white children living in such areas.
In addition to the Child Opportunity Index, the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s KIDS COUNT provides data disaggregated according to race and ethnicity that measures child and family well-being. KIDS COUNT is known and used by child advocates throughout for U.S. providing data at the levels of state, county, city and Congressional district.
The National Equity Atlas from PolicyLink and the USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity provides data on demographic change, racial inclusion, and the economic benefits of equity for the largest 150 regions, all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the United States. The Atlas uses “equity indicators” of economic vitality, readiness, connectedness as well as the benefits of racial and economic inclusion to the broader economy.
Leading National Minority Health Month, the HHS Office of Minority Health (OMH) has provided graphics and a social media guide as tools to promote health equity this month. OMH provides up to date minority profiles that include demographic, language fluency (where relevant), education, economic, insurance coverage and health status information, as well as full census reports.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]