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New Data Collection Available: COVID-19 Health, Racial, and Economic Equity

COVID-19 is amplifying health, racial, and economic inequality to create disparities in outcomes in the US.  Both illness and death rates are higher in communities of color. Health data shows the impact of the pervasive effects of racism in the United States. Health data is showing that…

In response, communities and companies are analyzing risks and designing equitable solutions. However, that challenging work begins with data. The new COVID-19 Health, Racial, and Economic Equity data gallery helps you start understanding and addressing inequity in your community. The data is now available on the Esri COVID-19 GIS Hub. This gallery contains a collection of Esri maps, data, and apps that can help guide decisions around health, racial, and economic equity during COVID-19 and beyond. This means that it includes layers related to the social determinants of health. More specifically, these include: economic stability, neighborhood and physical environment, education, food, community and social context, and health care system. These layers can be used to analyze racial inequity during COVID-19 (for guidance, see ArcGIS Blog Analyze Racial Inequity During COVID-19).

Screenshot of COVID-19 Health, Racial, and Economic Equity Data Viewer on the Esri COVID-19 GIS Hub
Screenshot of the new COVID-19 Health, Racial, and Economic Equity Data Viewer on the Esri COVID-19 GIS Hub

What Data Can I Find in the COVID-19 Health, Racial, and Economic Equity Collection?

The gallery currently includes geographic data on the following: race, ethnicity, age, gender, immigration, language, child well-being, senior well-being, disability status, health insurance, income, disposable income, home ownership, housing costs, air quality, homelessness, diversity, food access, savings vulnerability, education, internet access, family living arrangements, population, poverty, transportation, unemployment, social vulnerability, occupations, business & economic vulnerability, life expectancy, low birth weight, COVID-19 providers, social distancing, and more. These ready-to-use layers, maps, and apps are available in ArcGIS Living Atlas of the World and can be used across the entire ArcGIS platform.

This collection is constantly growing as new data layers, maps, and other items become available. You can use the filter on the left of the application (shown in the screenshot below) to find data on specific topics.

Screenshot of COVID-19 Health Racial & Economic Data Viewer
Screenshot of COVID-19 Health Racial & Economic Data Viewer. Click the image to be taken directly to the data gallery.

We Want to Hear From You

How is your organization responding equitably? Please share your success, tips, and challenges by commenting here. You can also share your experience and questions using the GIS for Equity and Social Justice GeoNet Forum.

About the authors

Margot Bordne is an Account Manager on Esri's Global Business Development team and a member of Esri's Racial Equity team. Margot supports organizations across industries who leverage GIS to improve their operations and decision making capabilities, with a focus on the use of GIS for advancing equity and social justice. Margot also founded and leads Esri's Women's Enablement & Career Advancement Network (WeCan) and is currently working toward a Master's Degree in Diversity & Inclusion Leadership at Tufts University.

Clinton Johnson helps organizations create geospatial strategies for equitable outcomes. He takes an empathic approach to technology that begins with understanding real-world challenges faced by diverse communities and finding creative ways to implement practical solutions. Clinton also founded and leads NorthStar, an employee community focused on increasing representation, inclusion and belonging for people of African-descent in GIS. He is also an advocate for belonging and equity for people from underrepresented groups in GIS and STEM more broadly.

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Rebecca finds innovative ways to leverage technology in addressing social and environmental problems. She works with nonprofits and local goverments to create sustainable solutions. She has a masters degree in Environmental Management from the Yale school of Forestry & Environmental Studies.

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