HOPE: The Health Opportunity and Equity Initiative

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Everyone deserves an equal opportunity to create a good life.

Sadly, Latinos and other minorities face an “opportunity gap.” They lack of access to support for economic and education success, according to a Salud America! Research Review.

This gap creates health inequities.

The new Health Opportunity and Equity (HOPE) initiative is starting a new conversation about the opportunity gap and developing metrics to chart progress toward health equity.

“Measuring the opportunity gap is imperative for the nation—to chart progress in how we are performing on opportunity just as we track the Consumer Price Index or other indicators we value—but also for states and communities,” according to the HOPE website.

HOPE & Health Equity

The HOPE initiative is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and led by the National Collaborative for Health Equity (NCHE) and the Texas Institute for Health (THI). The initiative is also a collaboration with Virginia Commonwealth University’s Center on Society and Health.

The initiative has two main goals:

  1. Reframe the health disparities conversation in the context of health equity and opportunity and;
  2. Develop a set of broadly accessible measures that illustrate the gaps in opportunities that shape health outcomes with data on health, opportunity, and equity for all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

    ‘Health map’ shows the relationship between the social
    determinants of health and the built environment (source)

Objectives include:

  1. Reframe the national discourse on health equity using an opportunity lens;
  2. Identify the drivers and upstream determinants of health opportunity;
  3. Measure the magnitude of differences in health opportunity; and;
  4. Measure the “distance to go” and identify promising solutions for communities to close health opportunity gaps.

“We aim to expand understanding of the determinants and drivers of health opportunity for a diverse set of stakeholders including policymakers, researchers, advocates, public administrators and communities,” according to their website.

The initiative also aims to and provide analyses that spur action on inequities.

They expect to produce a brief report and a chartbook of their findings as they track 28 indicators of health and well-being including socioeconomic factors, social environment, physical environment and access to healthcare with data points and benchmarks available by race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status.

“[We also will produce] a web-based animated presentation that provides an overview of the data and how it can be used, and a technical summary that outlines our data sources and analytic approach.”

The new data will add to a growing arsenal of tools to assess health equity and opportunity, including our Salud America! Salud Report Card, which provides a local-level look at health equity with a Latino lens, and the County Health Rankings.

Salud America! also shares stories of real heroes who are closing opportunity gaps and promoting health equity across the nation.

How to Engage with HOPE

Be sure to find out more about the HOPE initiative and its unique data sets during a webinar at 11 a.m. EST on Thursday, July 26, 2018.

Register here!

By The Numbers By The Numbers

46

Percent

of all Latinos are homeowners. That's far fewer than Whites (72%).

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