Finding solutions to social problems such as poverty, hunger, and health inequities starts with having good data. From there, policy makers and community members can develop effective solutions.
This is the goal of the nonprofit Advance OC, whose motto is Data, Action, Impact.
Katie Kalvoda from Advance OC gave a presentation to City Council on August 3 about a project called the Orange County Equity Map and how it can help local leaders develop effective solutions to social inequities in our city and region.
“Orange County has one of the most beautiful landscapes in California. However, our community, like many others, is challenged by systemic health, housing, educational, economic, and opportunity disparities,” she said as her presentation began.
The Orange County Equity Map, which can be viewed and explored online at www.advanceoc.com compiles population, demographic, health, and environmental data from every census tract in Orange County and assigns it a Social Progress Index score.
This interactive platform provides a simple way to investigate disparities at the county, city, and neighborhood levels.
What does the Data Show?
According to the data compiled, out of the 34 cities in Orange County, Fullerton ranks 26th, with a social progress index score of 43 out of 100.
There are wide social disparities between north and south Orange County.
In Fullerton, there are significant disparities between the north and south sides of the City itself.
These disparities are in social conditions such as:
-Nutrition and Basic Medical Care
-Water and Sanitation
-Access to Basic Education
-Access to Information and Communications
-Health and Wellness
-Personal Freedom and Choice
-Access to Advanced Education
Using the Equity Map allows users to view and compare these quality-of-life metrics in every census tract (neighborhood) in the County.
As the Equity Map shows, these disparities also correlate to COVID-19 vulnerability and case rates, with higher vulnerability and case rates in north Orange County, and south Fullerton.
The purpose of this data mapping is to help local leaders invest wisely with a focus on providing more equity and care for those who need it.
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