Tuesday, January 5, 2016

The Updated Virginia Health Opportunity Index is HERE!

The Virginia Department of Health - Office of Minority Health and Health Equity (VDH-OMHHE) is excited to announce the public launch of the second iteration of the Virginia Health Opportunity Index (HOI).

The first HOI was detailed in the 2012 Virginia Health Equity Report. For this update, VDH-OMHHE has created interactive and user-friendly visualizations that help identify areas and populations of Virginia that are most vulnerable to adverse health outcomes based on social determinants of health. 

We are extremely proud of the site, and we hope you find it engaging and informative.  Please check the site often for blog updates that highlight different facets of the Virginia HOI, how it may be used, and general public health topics.

Let's work to add further discussions about health into policy.  With tools like the Virginia HOI, residents can learn how their communities are doing in terms of health and start asking why.

No one deserves to be underserved.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Justin Crow, Social Epidemiology & Shortage Designations Manager, or Joanne Winburne, Communications Specialist.

For VDH employees, the data on the Virginia HOI can also be seen on the Community Health Assessment dashboards, which will be available soon.  Requests for Virginia HOI data must be sent via the Virginia HOI contact form.

The Counties dashboard gives a visual of how Virginia's counties rank within the HOI.

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